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5 adjustments Mavericks must make in Game 2 of Western Conference Finals vs. Warriors

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Adjustment Dallas Mavericks must make in Game 2 vs. Warriors: 2. Transition D

The Mavs had too many defensive breakdowns in Game 1. Golden State is going to push the ball up the floor make or miss as they look for an easy bucket early in the shot clock. There was much talk about the Warriors pushing off long rebounds and misses, but they scored 1.32 points per possession off Mavericks makes to 1.14 off misses.

Dallas has to do a better job of getting back in Game 2. They cannot take a second to breathe make or miss. The Mavericks have to find their man and D up immediately. Golden State took 32 shots in the first ten seconds of the shot clock in Game 1, and they shot 46.9 percent on those attempts.

Dallas can not afford to fall behind early in Game 2, and improvements in their transition defense will help. Expect head coach Jason Kidd to fire a few new wrinkles at the Warriors on Friday night.

The Mavs defensive adjustments have been outstanding throughout the 2022 playoffs, and Dallas has their toughest test yet in front of them. What will Sean Sweeney and the Hall of Fame point guard have up their sleeves? Keep an eye on how they attempt to slow the Dubs down in Game 2.