Takeaway from Dallas Mavericks WCF Game 1 loss to Warriors: 3. Transition D
Golden State wants to play fast and create havoc on the offensive end of the floor. They showed in Game 1 that they are going to push off misses with the plan of never letting Dallas set their defense. The Mavs defend well in the half-court. They have limited 3-pointers and shots at the rim all season, but their transition D struggled in Game 1.
The Warriors pushed off misses, especially when Dallas attempted 3-pointers. The Mavs gave them plenty of opportunities on Wednesday night, and the Warriors made them pay repeatedly. Dallas went just 11 of 48 from 3-point range as Golden State found plenty of easy buckets off those misses.
Dallas needs to be more connected on the defensive end of the floor. Stephen Curry, Jordan Poole, and Klay Thompson are going to get down the court and fire away if they are open. The Mavs need to get back and limit opportunities by shooting better and minimizing their turnovers.
Head coach Jason Kidd will make adjustments here and have the Dallas Mavericks ready to defend better in transition. Fans can bet he has studied the tape and is going to have a plan to slow down the Dubs in Game 2.