The Dallas Mavericks never found their footing in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals as the Golden State Warriors picked up a dominant 112-87 victory. Luka Doncic had 20 points in arguably the worst playoff game of his NBA career as Dallas struggled on both ends of the floor.
The Mavs shot 36.9 percent from the field, including going 11 of 48 from 3-point range on Wednesday night. They created 44 open or wide 3-pointers, but just 11 dropped in Game 1. Dallas will shoot better moving forward, but will it be enough?
Mavericks head coach Jason Kidd and his staff have proven they can make adjustments. It was the third straight series they dropped the opener, and the Mavs have bounced back to win the first two. How can the Mavs adjust against the Dubs?
5 adjustments Dallas Mavericks must make in Game 2 of Western Conference Finals vs. Warriors
Dallas was on the wrong end of some luck in Game 1. Based on Shot Quality, the Mavs were expected to score 20 more points, and Golden State seven fewer. It was a blowout on Wednesday night, but Luka and company are far from out of this series. They just came back from down 2-0 against Phoenix after losing both games on the road. The Mavericks just need to play better in Game 2.
There will be adjustments from coach Kidd, and here are five they must make if they want to even the series on Friday night at Chase Center.