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

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How the Dallas Mavericks can defeat Phoenix Suns in playoff series: 2. Sharing the workload

The Mavs took 71 field goal attempts in Game 5, which was far too low and hampered by their 16 turnovers. Of those 71, 40 came from Luka Doncic and Jalen Brunson combined with no other player taking more than six shots.

To defeat the Suns, Dallas needs six players to score in double figures, but that would have only been possible on Tuesday night if three of them shot over 80 percent from the field. The Mavericks need to share the workload, and their guards must create shots for the role players.

Dallas has to be less predictable and more aware of Mikal Bridges moving forward. The 6’6 wing scored a series-high 14 points in Game 5 and the Suns got a massive boost from his four steals that all resulted in easy buckets for Phoenix.

The Mavs need Dorian Finney-Smith, Reggie Bullock, and Maxi Kleber to each score in double-figures, but they got 12 points combined from those three players in Game 5. Dallas must share the workload moving forward, and that starts with Luka and JB getting shots for the role players. It did not happen in Game 5, but it has to if the Mavericks want to extend their season.