Adjustment to look for in Game 2 of Dallas Mavericks vs. Jazz: 1. Get Gobert on perimeter
Rudy Gobert is one of the league’s best defenders, and he wreaked havoc in Game 1. The seven-footer had 17 rebounds and three blocks, plus contested multiple shots at the rim. Utah’s drop coverage worked to perfection without Luka Doncic as the Mavericks did not have a ball-handler that could exploit the open space.
Dallas got the defense rotating on a few occasions and had success. Spencer Dinwiddie drove past Gobert off a switch in the third quarter. They also forced him to guard on the perimeter when they had five shooters on the floor.
The Mavs need to get the three-time Defensive Player of the Year out of the paint. He defends well on the perimeter, but putting him on the outside opens the rim. In Game 1, Dallas was just nine of 19 from within five feet of the basket, or 47.4 percent. They need to do better in close, and the only way is to get Gobert out of the paint.
What adjustments will head coach Jason Kidd and the Dallas Mavericks make in Game 2? Be sure to tune in and find out on Monday night, and check back to The Smoking Cuban for plenty more after the game.