Ranking mismatches for Luka Doncic and Mavericks to hunt vs. Warriors: 1. Stephen Curry
The Mavs are going to try to get Curry involved in nearly every pick and roll as they attempt to wear him down. They just executed this strategy to perfection against Chris Paul and Devin Booker in the final two games of their second-round series to advance.
Curry presents a unique challenge, though. He is always setting screens and moving without the ball in his hands. The 6’2 guard is in incredible shape, but Golden State would prefer to avoid having Curry guard Doncic. The Mavericks superstar has other ideas.
The Warriors could bring help when the switch occurs, but Luka is one of the best players in the NBA against double teams. He always finds the open man and will do so again if Golden State tries to send two at Doncic.
Stephen Curry has been playing better defense in the playoffs, but he has no answers for number 77 posting him up or driving past him to the rim at will. Dallas will be looking to attack Curry to wear him down or get him in foul trouble. The Mavericks want him off his A-game and the easiest way to achieve that is to make him defend Luka Doncic.
Curry versus Luka could be the key to this series. If the eight-time All-Star and former MVP can hold up on the defensive end and get some key stops against Luka, that could determine who takes the series and advances to the NBA Finals. The matchup will be fascinating to watch, so keep an eye on how often Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks are attacking the all-time great.