The Dallas Mavericks lost the opening game for the third straight series as the Golden State Warriors rolled to a 112-87 win on May 18. It was a night to forget for Dallas as shots did not fall and the defense struggled to stop Golden State, especially in transition. Luka Doncic was off in Game 1 as the Dubs ran away with the opener.
The Mavs shot 36.5 percent from the field, including going 11 of 48 from 3-point range in the loss. Spencer Dinwiddie was five of 11 from the field and had 17 points, but it was a night to forget for the rest of the Mavs roster.
Golden State took command of the series with a dominating victory in Game 1 on their home floor, but things are far from over. Dallas has been down 1-0 in all three series this postseason, so what can they take away to improve on from the May 18 loss?
3 takeaways from Dallas Mavericks Western Conference Finals Game 1 loss to Warriors
Golden State shot 56.1 percent from the field in the opener and held a 52-34 edge in rebounds. Both will be difficult to replicate for the entire series. It was a hot shooting night for the Warriors, especially from the mid-range. The Mavericks' defense needs to be better, but the Dubs will also just miss more shots.
Here are three things that the Dallas Mavericks must take away and improve on from their Game 1 loss to the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference Finals.