What will it take for Dallas Mavericks to win Game 5 over Warriors: 1. Defense
Golden State scored just 70 points in the first three quarters on Tuesday night. Yes, the Warriors made a comeback in the fourth, but it was with their reserves on the floor and Dallas taking their foot off the gas pedal. Before that, the Mavericks played outstanding defense.
The Warriors averaged 115.7 points per game in the first three contests, so the only way for Luka Doncic and company to win was a shootout. Trying to match the best team of this generation with two of the best shooters of all time is not a wise strategy. The Mavericks had to find a way to slow them down.
Golden State shot 56.1 percent from the field in both games at home, but they were down in the upper 40s in Dallas. The Mavericks need to find that defense in Game 5. They must run the Warriors off the 3-point line and force them into contested shots. Golden State will have their offense locked in, but Dallas has made defensive improvements this season. Who wins the battle on May 26?
The Dallas Mavericks are facing elimination in Game 5. Will they keep their season alive and send the Western Conference Finals back to Dallas for Game 6? Be sure to tune in to find out.