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5 things Dallas Mavericks must do to win West Finals Game 3 over Warriors

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Dallas Mavericks, Luka Doncic / Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Thing Dallas Mavericks must do to win Game 3 over Warriors: 2. Attack

The Mavs need to stay aggressive if they want to have any chance to win this series. Dallas scored 72 first-half points in Game 2 by attacking Stephen Curry. Luka Doncic got him involved in the pick and rolls, and Dallas was making the Warriors show and recover defense pay. Reggie Bullock was often setting the screens, and the Mavericks looked unstoppable.

Golden State switched the matchups at halftime and put Curry on Dorian Finney-Smith. Doncic began attacking Kevon Looney in the third quarter, but the Warriors center was up for it in arguably the best game of his NBA career. Looney can move his feet enough to stay with Luka, and his size has Doncic thinking more about his step-back 3-pointer than driving to the rim.

The Mavericks need to attack Stephen Curry and Jordan Poole in Game 3. They must get them involved in the pick and rolls and force them to defend. Golden State will not concede those switches, but Luka going after them will get the Warriors' defense scrambling and create open looks.

The Dallas Mavericks must stay aggressive as their easiest path to winning is a shootout, but that will take another key element.

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