DALLAS — This is the formulaThe pain of watching them pull off a series-evening win of 110-104 in Monday's Game 2 was painfully familiar. .
Without an injured superstarThe Mavs started the floor with a five-out offense. They used the Jazz's poor perimeter defense to make a lot of 3-point looks and exploited it consistently. It was an identical script to that of the. Using this method last year, you can reel in four consecutive wins after losing Jazz is eliminated due to a torn anterior cruciate ligament.
“The good news is that it's Game 2,” Jazz Centersaid. “It is not Game 6 with the series at stake. We have a lot to do together, individually, and collectively.
Jazz have to figure out if any of their players are capable of keeping up with Mavs point guard.. He scored 41 points and had five assists on a career night, becoming the franchise's first player to achieve that feat without turning over in a playoff match.
Brunson and guard continue to penetrate the dribble.He played a significant role in the Mavs setting a franchise record for postseason 3s with 22 made on 47 attempts. Gobert was forced to retreat into his own paint every time. This resulted to Gobert making kick-out passes that lead to wide-open threes. Mavs reserve centre was the biggest beneficiary He scored 25 points with 8-of-11 3-point shooting.
According to ESPN Stats & Information research, 17 of the Mavs' made 3s were uncontested, the most by any team over the past 10 postseasons. Kleber shot seven of eight 3s. This is a potentially series-shifting performance by a shooter who has been in an extended slump.
Kleber said, “Everytime I was open I shot the ball.” “We looked at how they play defense, and where the looks were coming from. It's important to be ready for the shot and to let it fly.
Kleber only shot 18.8% from 3-point distance between the All Star break and the end the regular season. His ankle pain made it difficult for him to play the last four games. In Monday's win, Kleber made nearly as many 3s as he did in March when he was 9 of 51 from long distance.
Jason Kidd, Mavericks coach, said that the beauty of his teammates trust him. “He must shoot them, because they can shoot him, and today, he did. We will need him. It doesn't matter what he does, it creates space.
Brunson's and Kleber's performances brought back memories of the chaos caused by Clippers.And You can also eliminate the Jazz
Jackson, the point-guard who rose to the occasion after being forced into a greater offensive role because of an injury to a star, scored 27 points during the series finale. Mann, a surprising 3-point sniper, was a career-best 39 point scorer. He went 7-of-10 at 3-point range and scored a career-high 39 points.
Jazz starMitchell acknowledged the similarities and stated that the Jazz's greatest problem is their on-ball perimeter defense. Mitchell pointed out a major difference between that series. Mitchell noted that the Jazz are now healthy. This is in contrast to when Mitchell was unable to walk due to a sprained ankle. Due to a tight hamstring, I missed the entire series except for the finale.
Mitchell said Mitchell, who scored 34 points on 13-of-30 shots, didn't see it that way. I look at it as we can do what we're supposed. You have to give credit where credit is due. Jalen had an amazing game, Kleber had an even better one. Shifting can help the guard of the ball.
“I don’t think anyone is looking at it like, ‘Ah, like last year all over again.’ Because we’re healthy. This is possible.
Although the Mavs felt that an off-shooting day cost them a win in Game 1, they are confident that they will be able to compete in the series without Doncic.
ESPN sources told ESPN that Doncic is still possible to play, but it's too early to know when Doncic will be able to recover from the strain to his left calf sustained during the April 10 regular season finale. Kidd stated Monday morning that Doncic was “definitely moving in the right direction.” Doncic, a two-time All-NBA selection, went through a lengthy pregame shooting drill without putting too much stress on his calf by pushing off.
Brunson stated, “I know that he wants to get out there quickly, but he has to take his time.” “I know that he is doing his best to keep his team safe, but he must make the right decision for his own good. He may not be aware of where he is. [in the recovery process]But I do know that he is a competitor and wants to be there. We want to make it easy for him.”