Thing Dallas Mavericks must do to win Game 3 over Warriors: 5. Make 3-pointers
Mavs fans saw what happens in Game 1 when the team doesn’t make their shots. Dallas will create plenty of wide-open 3-pointers, and they must knock them down if they want to win at the American Airlines Center on May 22.
Adding to the heartbreak of the Game 2 loss, the Mavericks sank 21 of their 45 3-point attempts. Shooting 46.7 percent and scoring seven more points from long range than the Dubs should have been enough to win, but Golden State shot 56.1 percent from the field and 50.0 percent on their threes.
All postseason Dallas has tried to create 40 3-pointers per game with an emphasis on driving and kicking out to open shooters. The Mavericks have shot 48 and 45 in the first two games of this series, but head coach Jason Kidd has not been happy with the selection. He believes his team is too reliant on the threes, especially when they are not falling. The Hall of Fame point guard continues to preach that the guards get two feet in the paint first before spraying out to shooters.
The Dallas Mavericks must hit shots if they want to win Game 3 on their home floor, but that alone won’t be enough.