Takeaway from Dallas Mavericks Game 6 playoff win over Jazz: 3. Transition woes
Utah decided to push the ball up the floor on Thursday night and tried to create some easy points in transition. The Mavs had solved their halfcourt offense in the series, so the Jazz started running off misses and did not allow Dallas to get their defense set.
It worked well, especially in the first half. Utah was getting easy looks at the rim and they created 35 3-point attempts in Game 6. The Mavericks limited the Jazz to just 28.8 threes per game through the first five after the Jazz attempted over 40 a night during the regular season.
Attacking in transition got Donovan Mitchell going for the first time in the series. The three-time All-Star averaged 26.0 points per game through the first five, but he was shooting just 37.9 percent from the field in the series. Mitchell made nine of his 17 field goals on Thursday night as he finally got some easy looks at the rim on his way to a 23-point performance with eight rebounds and nine assists.
The Utah Jazz had success pushing off misses and increasing the pace in Game 6, and the Mavericks are going to have to get their defense ironed out in these situations moving forward. The Jazz play at a slow pace, so teams that are better at getting out and running could wreak havoc on the Mavs.