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3 takeaways from Dallas Mavericks Game 1 playoff loss to Jazz without Luka Doncic

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The Dallas Mavericks lost Game 1 of their first-round playoff series to the Utah Jazz 99-93 as superstar Luka Doncic was out with a calf strain. It was an ugly game for Dallas as they struggled to move the ball, rebounds, and hit shots. The Mavs stayed in the contest by creating turnovers and getting to the foul line on Saturday afternoon, but it was not enough.

The Jazz had their own struggles on April 16. They shot made just seven of their 22 3-point tries, and they committed 14 turnovers to seven by Dallas. Donovan Mitchell had just two first-half points before finding his rhythm to go for 32 to lift the Jazz to a 1-0 series lead with a road victory.

The Mavericks did not have their superstar and yet they were in the contest in the final minute. Utah closed things out on Saturday afternoon, but Dallas was right there. The Mavs need Luka if they are going to win the series, but what can fans take away from Game 1?

3 takeaways from Dallas Mavericks Game 1 playoff loss to Utah Jazz

Dallas was without Luka, Tim Hardaway Jr., and Frank Ntilikina for Game 1, and head coach Jason Kidd only played an eight-man rotation. Spencer Dinwiddie joined the starting five with Maxi Kleber, Davis Bertans, and Josh Green being the only bench options to enter the contest.

The Jazz made it clear that they are not guarding Green beyond the 3-point line. The 6’6 wing missed all four of his 3-pointers in Game 1 and forced coach Kidd to bench him in the third quarter as Utah was playing five on four. Green will have to hit open shots or he will be unplayable in the series.

There were plenty of takeaways from Game 1 of the Dallas Mavericks series against the Utah Jazz, and here are the three biggest.