Takeaway from Dallas Mavericks Game 6 playoff win over Suns: 2. 3s and turnovers
This series has come down to three stats as turnovers, assists, and 3-pointers have decided almost every game. The team that takes care of the ball and gets their role players involved has won. Dallas needs to have a significant edge from beyond the 3-point line if they want to win, and their shooting has not been as strong in Phoenix during this series.
The stats held true in Game 6. Dallas attempted 21 more 3-pointers on Thursday night, and they made ten more. Both teams had 18 assists, but the Mavs committed just six turnovers to the Suns 22. Dallas had 16 steals in the impressive win.
Can the Mavericks bring their 3-point shooting to Phoenix? They shot 41.0 percent in Game 6, and have made 41 of 112 during their first three road games in this series. The Suns are going to give up open looks as they try to stop Luka Doncic and Jalen Brunson in the paint. Dallas must sink those shots to advance.
The Mavs must be aggressive on both ends of the floor in Game 7. If they can win the 3-point and turnover battles on Sunday night, it will go a long way in their quest to advance to the Western Conference Finals for the fifth time in franchise history.