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5 keys for Dallas Mavericks vs. Golden State Warriors in Western Conference Finals

Dallas Mavericks, Luka Doncic
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Dallas Mavericks, Luka Doncic
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Key for Dallas Mavericks vs. Warriors in West Finals: 5. Staying with the Splash Bros

The Warriors go about getting open shots in a different way than the Suns or the Jazz. Dallas's two previous playoff opponents loved to run pick and rolls, and the Mavs limited their 3-point shooting off those actions, but Golden State is constantly moving and creating havoc. Even when you think you’ve stopped them, they come off a pindown and fire another triple.

The Mavericks need to have someone sticking with Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson at all times. Both players will be in constant motion in every game. There will be cuts, screens, and pop-outs for threes, but Dallas needs to be ready for all of that and try to run them off the 3-point line.

Golden State has generated 3-pointers off these actions for eight straight years, and they have proven they can win at the highest level. The Mavericks need to contest everything and stay connected on the defensive end of the floor if they want to reach the NBA Finals for the third time in franchise history.

Dallas had success against Stephen Curry during the regular season as they held him to just 20.0 points per game on 38.8 percent shooting from the field and just 29.4 percent on his threes. Reggie Bullock and Dorian Finney-Smith forced him into tough shots by staying on his hip and using their length to contest.

The Mavericks will need that defense in every game of this series if they want to get back to the NBA Finals for the first time since 2011. Expect Luka Doncic to target Curry and Klay when Dallas has the ball to try to wear them down too.