How Dallas Mavericks can still win playoff series versus Suns despite Game 5 loss

Dallas Mavericks, Luka Doncic
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Dallas Mavericks, Luka Doncic
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How the Dallas Mavericks can defeat Phoenix Suns in playoff series: 3. Attack

The Mavericks want to get into the paint to score and pass out to shooters. It often comes off Luka Doncic, Jalen Brunson, or Spencer Dinwiddie driving the ball and making plays. The Mavs offense has performed well when they have gotten inside, but it became a problem in Game 5.

Bobby Karalla shared a fantastic stat at halftime about the Mavericks' success when they got into the paint versus when they didn’t where they were scoring 0.7 more points per possession when they got inside, but things got worse as Dallas struggled to get into the paint in the second half. They settled for too many jumpers and created just three corner threes in Game 5.

The Mavericks struggled to get into their offense as they took way too many attempts late in the shot clock. Dallas has to be decisive moving forward and attack. They need to get Luka Doncic downhill going to the basket and let him make plays.

Credit to Deandre Ayton and Bismack Biyombo for playing so well against Luka. The 23-year-old went to his stepback far too often against the big men instead of breaking them down, but both did well at walling off and not letting Luka get all the way to the rim.

Dallas must be more aggressive at getting inside or their season will end on Thursday night at the American Airlines Center.