What Dallas Mavericks must do to win Game 7 over Suns: 2. Defense
The Suns have a 127.2 offensive rating at home in this series, but that number drops to 102.9 when they have played in Dallas. They scored just 93.7 points per game at the American Airlines Center and 120 a night on their home floor. Can the Mavericks bring their defense to the Footprint Center for Game 7?
Dallas has limited Chris Paul by forcing him to defend on the other end. Over the last four games, the future Hall of Fame is averaging just 9.3 points, 6.3 assists, and 4.5 turnovers per game. He has dealt with foul trouble and has been unable to get on track.
The Mavericks found success against Devin Booker in Game 6 by blitzing him. The three-time All-Star had 19 points but made just six of his 17 field goal attempts after averaging 26.8 points per game on 47.9 percent shooting in the first five contests. Dallas made him give up the ball, and they forced others to beat them.
Expect that aggressive defense that forced 22 turnovers in Game 6 to come to Phoenix. Can the Suns' role players do enough to keep their offense rolling? If the Dallas Mavericks can hold Phoenix under 105 points, they will walk away with a victory and a place in the Western Conference Finals.