Adjustment Dallas Mavericks must make in Game 6 vs. Suns: 1. Get into paint
Jason Kidd loves to say he wants his team “getting two feet in the paint” on every possession. The Mavericks are most dangerous when they are driving to the basket and kicking out to shooters when the defense collapses, but they got away from that strategy in Game 5.
Dallas averages 54.3 drives per game during the postseason, but that was just 38 on Tuesday night, according to NBA Stats. The result was an ugly 80-point performance that saw the Mavericks' offense settling for way too many contested 3-pointers and late shot clock prayers.
Luka Doncic and Jalen Brunson need to put their heads down and get into the paint on every possession in Game 6. The Mavs must get downhill if they want to open up shots on the perimeter. They have to get the Suns worried about helping to defend the basket if they want their offense to get rolling.
If the Dallas Mavericks fail to get into the paint, their season will end on May 12. Expect coach Kidd to have his team fired up and attacking. Will it be enough to defeat the best team in the NBA for a third straight time at the American Airlines Center? Tune in to find out.