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5 Dallas Mavericks adjustments to look for in Game 2 of playoff series vs. Jazz

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The Dallas Mavericks lost their playoff opener against the Utah Jazz on April 16. Superstar Luka Doncic did not play, and he appears likely to miss Game 2 because of a calf strain he suffered in the regular-season finale on April 10.

The Mavs struggled to move the ball and create quality shots without Luka, but there were bright spots like being down just one point in the final minutes. Dallas just could not close the game out. They needed another key shot to go down, and it just would not fall.

The Mavericks are searching for adjustments to make ahead of Game 2 on Monday night. They already lost their homecourt edge, and the team cannot afford to go down 0-2 as the series shifts to Utah. Winning multiple times in Salt Lake City during a series is never easy, so what can head coach Jason Kidd change to flip the result?

5 Dallas Mavericks adjustments to look for in playoff Game 2 vs. Jazz

Kidd will get a chance to put his stamp on the series in Game 2. The Mavs held Utah under 100 points with Donovan Mitchell scoring just one point in the first half on Saturday afternoon. If Dallas can replicate holding them under 100, they will have a chance, but not without making some adjustments.

It is going to start on the offensive end of the floor. Dallas is not going to have Luka Doncic again, and they cannot score 93 points, while shooting under 40 percent if they plan on winning.

Here are five things head coach Jason Kidd and the Dallas Mavericks could try to adjust in Game 2 of their first-round playoff series against the Utah Jazz on April 18.