What will it take for Dallas Mavericks to win Game 5 over Warriors: 3. Rebounding
Golden State had a 43-rebound edge after the first three games that including winning the battle in every contest by at least 13 boards. The Warriors dominated the glass on both ends of the floor, and their 29 offensive rebounds often turned into easy buckets. Kevon Looney averaged 13.3 points, 9.7 rebounds, and 3.3 assists as the Dubs went up 3-0.
The Mavericks came out with a better plan and attention to detail in Game 4. They knew they had to limit Looney, especially on the offensive glass, so Dallas was boxing out and not allowing the Warriors to get extra possessions.
The Mavs' shot-making helped because it forced Golden State coach Steve Kerr to search for more offense. He decided to sub out Looney for Jordan Poole to give the Warriors more scoring punch, but it took away their rebounding edge.
For the first time in the series, the Mavericks won the rebounding battle in Game 4. They do not need to do it again in Game 5, but they must keep things close and grab defensive boards. Dallas cannot allow the Warriors to have extra possessions on their home floor in a closeout game.