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Mavericks: 3 takeaways from season opening loss to Hawks

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Takeaway from Dallas Mavericks season opener: 2. Faster

The Mavs were dominated in Atlanta on Thursday night, but they are clearly going to play faster. Fans saw glimpses of it during the preseason and those continued in the first game that counted. Dallas is not afraid to pass the ball ahead and look to get an easy shot as the defense is getting set up.

The Mavericks are also hoping to create a few more easy buckets in transition under new head coach Jason Kidd. They struggled to get their offense rolling on Thursday night, but Dallas made multiple attempts here.

Dallas will not be happy finishing with 87 points as they failed to score more than 24 in any quarter, but chalk it up to an off night. Expect the Mavericks to keep trying to push the ball up the floor in hopes of creating a few easy buckets.

Dallas is also likely to see their turnovers increase this season thanks to faster more aggressive play. Former head coach Rick Carlisle loved his teams to control the ball and limit turnovers, so fans will see a noticeable change under Jason Kidd.

The takeaways for the Dallas Mavericks on the offensive end of the floor were difficult after a poor performance to start things off.