Adjustment Dallas Mavericks must make in Game 2 vs. Warriors: 5. Attack
The Mavs are at their best when they are attacking the rim and kicking out to shooters, but that did not happen enough in Game 1. Coach Jason Kidd loves to talk about his team getting two feet into the paint. They got just 6.0 shots in the restricted area in Game 1, which is well below their average of 14.9 throughout the playoffs.
The Mavs scored 1.098 points per possession when they drove the ball at least one time versus 0.729 when they failed to drive, according to Bobby Karalla on the Take Dat Wit You podcast. Dallas needs to be more aggressive in Game 2.
It starts with Luka Doncic. He only had 18 drives in Game 1, and he failed to get inside for most of the game. Credit Andrew Wiggins for his defense, but the 23-year-old superstar needs to be better on Friday evening. Keep reading for some Doncic-specific adjustments later in this piece.
The entire team needs to be more aggressive in Game 2. Doncic, Jalen Brunson, and Spencer Dinwiddie must get into the paint, and the role players need to keep shooting when they are open. If the Dallas Mavericks are attacking and aggressive, they can win on Friday night.