How can Dallas Mavericks avoid sweep in Game 4 vs. Warriors: 1. Defense
The Mavs won the first two series with defense. They held the Utah Jazz to 100 or fewer points in four of the six games to win their first playoff series since 2011. Dallas upset the top-seeded Phoenix Suns in the next round by holding them to their three worst scoring performances of the season in the final five games.
In the Western Conference Finals, the Warriors are averaging 115.7 points per game on 53.1 percent shooting from the field. The Mavericks have struggled to figure out how to slow down their motion attack, especially in the second halves of games. Golden State comes out with a haymaker in the third quarter and has scored 60-plus in all three games over the final 24 minutes.
The Warriors have relentlessly attacked Mavericks star Luka Doncic when Golden State has the ball. They put him in the pick and roll action or simply drive right at him. Andrew Wiggins is averaging 20.7 points per game on 47.1 percent shooting as he keeps going at Doncic. Wiggins is the Warriors' third or fourth option on offense, but he has the skill to get 20 on any night.
The Dallas Mavericks have struggled to make shots and defend in this series. It has been a recipe for disaster in the first three games, but they are hoping to win Game 4 to avoid being swept. They will have to continue the aggressiveness and sink the open looks at the American Airlines Center on May 24 if they want to keep their season alive. Tune in to find out how they perform.