The Dallas Mavericks dropped the first two games of their Western Conference semifinal series to the Phoenix Suns. Phoenix led wire to wire in Game 1, but Dallas punched back with a halftime lead in Game 2 before the Suns completely took over. Chris Paul dominated the fourth to put the Suns up 2-0 as the series shifts to Dallas.
Mavericks superstar Luka Doncic has scored 80 in the first two games combined, but he has not received enough help. Dallas has allowed 129 and 121 points to the defending the Western Conference champions, and Jalen Brunson has virtually disappeared after averaging 27.8 points per game in the first round against the Jazz.
The Mavs need a win on Friday night or the series is over. No NBA team has ever come back from a 3-0 deficit, and Dallas will not be the first. The Suns are too deep and talented to let that happen. The Mavericks are back on their home floor, but what adjustments need to be made to pick up a win?
5 adjustments Dallas Mavericks must make in Game 3 of West semifinals vs. Suns
Head coach Jason Kidd has talked about someone stepping up to help Luka Doncic following each of the first two games in this series. Dallas had just three players in double figures scoring in Game 2, and three of the Mavericks' five starters scored a combined 15 points. The Mavs need to share the ball and get contributions up and down the lineup to defeat the Suns.
The Dallas Mavericks are going to make some schematic and playstyle adjustments in Game 3, and here are five they must do if they want to get back in this series.