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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, Jalen Brunson
Dallas Mavericks, Jalen Brunson / Scott Wachter-USA TODAY Sports

Takeaway from Dallas Mavericks Game 1 playoff loss to Jazz: 1. Stagnate offense

Mavs fans sometimes take Luka Doncic’s offensive brilliance for granted, but it was apparent what he does in Game 1 when they did not have number 77 to rely on. They struggled to move the ball and create open looks. It was a lot of dribbling and isolation for Dallas in Game 1. The Mavericks were held to just 93 points, and they shot 38.2 percent from the field, including making just nine of 32 3-pointers.

Spencer Dinwiddie got the offense going a bit in the second half by getting to the free-throw line 13 times, but he only converted eight and was just two of six from the field in the final 24 minutes. The Mavs need him to shoot it better moving forward if they plan on upsetting the Jazz without Luka Doncic.

Head coach Jason Kidd and offensive guru Igor Kokoskov will need to make some adjustments for Game 2 on Monday night. Dallas must be able to move the ball more, but that will take creating mismatches or getting the defense rotating. The Mavericks are not going to win with isolation looks and pull-ups.

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The Dallas Mavericks almost pulled off a comeback in the fourth quarter as they were getting into the paint and creating some open looks. They need to start that in the first on Monday night if they want to send the series to Utah tied at one game apiece, and fans can stay tuned to The Smoking Cuban for all the latest.

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