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3 takeaways from Dallas Mavericks Game 1 playoff loss to Suns

Dallas Mavericks, Luka Doncic
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The Dallas Mavericks were dominated by the Phoenix Suns in Game 1 of their Western Conference semifinal playoff series. The top-seeded Suns never trailed in their 121-114 victory as they shot 50.5 percent on their 91 field goal attempts. 

It was a night to forget for the Mavs, but superstar Luka Doncic still shined. He finished with 45 points, 12 rebounds, eight assists, and one block in 44 minutes of action. Doncic made 15 of his 30 field goals, including four 3-pointers, and went 11 of 14 from the foul line.

The Mavericks lost Game 1, but the series is far from over. Dallas must play better if they want to have a chance to upset the top-seeded Suns. Here are three takeaways from the opener that fans can monitor moving forward.

3 takeaways from Dallas Mavericks Game 1 playoff loss to Phoenix Suns

The Mavs want to play small but that backfired in Game 1. Deandre Ayton and the Suns dominated the paint on their way to a 51 to 36 rebounding edge. The former number one overall pick finished with 25 points, eight rebounds, and one block on 12 of 20 shooting from the field. Dallas needs to figure out how to slow down the Suns inside if they want to win this series.

Head coach Jason Kidd has made the proper adjustments all season, and it will be interesting to see what he unleashes in Game 2. Here are three takeaways for Dallas Mavericks from their series-opening loss to the Phoenix Suns.