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Mavericks: 3 takeaways from season opening loss to Hawks

Dallas Mavericks, Luka Doncic
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Dallas Mavericks, Luka Doncic
Dallas Mavericks, Luka Doncic / Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Takeaway from Dallas Mavericks season opener: 1. Aggressive D

The Mavs created 13 turnovers on Thursday night and each one of their five starters had at least one steal. They are clearly upping their aggressiveness on the defensive end of the floor. Coach Kidd has talked on several occasions about creating more turnovers and deflections after finishing near the bottom in both categories last season.

The Hawks dominated the game on Thursday night, but it is impossible to win in the NBA when shooting 33.3 percent over 93 field goal attempts. Fans should not draw too many takeaways about the Mavs' defense other than they are going to be more aggressive this season.

The Dallas Mavericks season opener was a letdown for fans, especially after how well the team played during the preseason, but the team will not have to wait long for a chance to bounce back. The Mavs travel to Toronto to face the Raptors on Saturday evening as both teams will be looking for their first win of the 2021-2022 regular season.

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Luka Doncic will be determined to help Dallas supporters forget the team’s season-opening loss. Fans should tune in and enjoy the game because it could be a special night for the Mavs 22-year-old superstar.

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