Adjustment Dallas Mavericks must make in Game 2 vs. Warriors: 4. Rebounding
The Mavs want to play small, but that plan got derailed after Maxi Kleber picked up three quick fouls in Game 1. The 6’10 forward was limited to just 19 minutes and having to sit him the final 5:37 of the first half did not help as Golden State ballooned their advantage from two to nine.
Dallas was dominated on the glass in Game 1 as Golden State grabbed 16 more rebounds. Kevon Looney played 28 minutes, but only had five boards. The Warriors played small the rest of the time, but still managed to secure a massive edge on the glass.
Shooting 56.1 percent from the field helped Golden State, but the Mavs just did not box out and secure possession. Dallas shot 48 3-pointers, which created long rebounds. Still, the Mavericks did not find the ball. It is difficult to overcome that large of a spread on the glass.
The rebounding battle will be something to watch closely in this series. Stephen Curry will not be the game’s leading rebounder again with 12. Can Dallas keep things close on the boards? They do not need to have the edge, but the Mavericks must be within five if they are going to win Game 2.