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3 takeaways from Dallas Mavericks Game 4 playoff loss to Jazz in Utah

Dallas Mavericks, Luka Doncic
Dallas Mavericks, Luka Doncic / Chris Nicoll-USA TODAY Sports
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Dallas Mavericks, Luka Doncic
Dallas Mavericks, Luka Doncic / Chris Nicoll-USA TODAY Sports

Takeaway from Dallas Mavericks Game 4 playoff loss to Jazz: 2. Shooting

The Mavs could not buy a jumper in the first half as the team shot just 13 of 41 through the first 24 minutes, including making just five of their 24 3-point attempts. Doncic was six of 11 from the field as the rest of the team shot just 23.3 percent after two quarters.

It is difficult to win a road playoff game when the shots are just not falling. There were a ton of whistles in the first half, but the Mavericks were creating open looks. They just could not get their jumpers to fall as they trailed by 12 at the break.

Things turned around in the third quarter as the Mavs made 14 of 18 field goals, including eight 3-pointers on their way to 39 points as Dallas led heading into the fourth.

The shooting woes returned over the final 12 minutes as the Mavericks made just six of their 18 field goals and went two of ten from 3-point range in the one-point loss. Dallas needed just one more shot to fall on Saturday afternoon, but they could not make it happen.

The Dallas Mavericks got quality looks all night, but they just were not making them in Game 4. Fans know they will shoot better moving forward, and they will need to do just that if they want to win the series. 

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