Adjustment for Dallas Mavericks to make in Game 5 vs. Jazz: 5. Limit mistakes
The Mavs could not find their jumpers in Game 4, but that was far from the only reason they lost. For the first time in the series, Dallas lost the turnover battle by having 11 to Utah’s eight. The Mavericks committed the third-fewest turnovers during the regular season, and they cannot afford any careless giveaways in Game 5.
Foul trouble was an even bigger story on Saturday afternoon. The Mavericks committed 29 personals, which resulted in 42 Utah free throws in a contest that featured plenty of whistles. The Jazz shot 40.5 percent from the field and under 29 percent on their threes but picked up 26 free points at the line on their way to a one-point victory.
Maxi Kleber could not stay out of foul trouble in Game 4 as he was limited to just 18 minutes and fouled out with 4:19 left in the contest. Kleber finished with three points and six rebounds on one of four shooting from the field. The 6’10 forward is an important floor spacer for Dallas that they just did not have down the stretch of a close game because of foul issues.
The Dallas Mavericks must limit their mistakes in Game 5. They need to defend without fouling and get the turnovers back to single digits if they want to head back to Utah with the 3-2 edge in the series.