Takeaway from Dallas Mavericks WCF Game 1 loss to Warriors: 1. Luka needs to lock-in
It was a night to forget for Luka Doncic and the Mavericks. He finished with 20 points, seven rebounds, four assists, one steal, and seven turnovers in 35 minutes of action. Doncic made just six of his 18 field goals as Dallas was outscored by 30 when he was on the floor.
The Mavericks need Luka to put his head down and attack the paint. He got plenty of switches in Game 1, but Doncic failed to capitalize. Dallas needs to do a better job of hunting Stephen Curry and they must take more shots in the paint if they want to win this series.
Luka struggled on the defensive end too as Andrew Wiggins had 19 points with most of them coming against Doncic. The Warriors put number 77 in every pick and roll, and he struggled to defend. Something similar happened in Game 2 against the Suns, and the Mavericks quickly adjusted. Can they do it again versus the Dubs?
It was an ugly start to the Western Conference Finals for the Dallas Mavericks, but the series is far from over. Expect coach Kidd to make some adjustments for Game 2, and fans should tune in to see if Dallas can turn it around.