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

Dallas Mavericks, Jalen Brunson
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Dallas Mavericks, Maxi Kleber
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Takeaway from Dallas Mavericks Game 1 playoff loss to Jazz: 3. Rebounds

The Mavs missed Luka Doncic in a ton of ways on April 16, and what he can do on the glass was one of the biggest. Dallas is not a fantastic rebounding team, and Rudy Gobert led the league by grabbing 14.7 per game during the regular season, but the Jazz had a 19-rebound advantage in Game 1.

Jalen Brunson stepped up and secured seven boards, and the Mavericks were still dominated on the glass. Utah had 13 offensive rebounds in the contest, which lead to 20 second-chance points. Gobert alone grabbed 17 boards with Whiteside chipping in another eight in Game 1.

The Jazz made the Mavericks pay for going small. The lineups work significantly better with Luka because of his ability to handle the ball and rebound like a big man. Will head coach Jason Kidd switch things up in Game 2? Does he turn to Boban Marjanovic or Marquese Chriss to try to neutralize Utah on the glass?

The Jazz are going to dominate the boards without Luka Doncic if the Dallas Mavericks play small. Dallas will need to adjust if they plan on taking Game 2, especially if number 77 needs more time to recover.

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