Adjustment to look for in Game 2 of Dallas Mavericks vs. Jazz: 5. Rebounding
The Mavs were outrebounded 53 to 34 in Game 1, including the Jazz gabbing 13 offensive boards that resulted in 20 second-chance points. Utah’s center Rudy Gobert led the league in rebounding this season, but Dallas needs to close that gap if they want to have any chance in the series.
Dallas missed Luka Doncic on the glass. He is the team’s best rebounder following the Kristaps Porzingis trade, and nobody stepped up to grab those boards. The Mavericks even failed to box out on multiple occasions and gave the Jazz an offensive rebound and another opportunity to score.
Head coach Jason Kidd played small for most of Game 1. The Mavs could alter the rotation to try to combat this problem, but more likely, they are just going to send more bodies into the paint with a focus on rebounding.
They are going to need to compete for every loose ball and cut the disparity if they want to win on Monday night. Can coach Kidd and the Dallas Mavericks figure out how to keep Gobert and Hassan Whiteside off the glass? It is a game within the game to watch on April 18.