NBA Playoffs – Insights into the First Mavs Victory over the Warriors: Fireworks with the Dubs Recipe

After three consecutive bankruptcies, the Dallas Mavericks have secured their first win in the West Finals. “The Others” finally delivers the long-awaited rain of three, and Dallas steals a real secret behind the Warriors’ success. The findings.

1. Mavs vs. Warriors: The Return of the “Andre”

30 points and an almost triple – it sounds like another spectacular elimination game by Luka Doncic. But the Slovenian, newly selected All-NBA team player, was just one of many gears in the Mavs machine en route to the 119-109 Game 4 victory over Golden State that saved Dallas from sweeping into the Western Conference Finals.

Doncic was aware of that. “These guys are the key to our victories,” he said after the match. By “these guys” he meant, for example, Dorian Finney-Smith, Reggie Bullock and Maxi Kleber, the role players whose support the superstar depends on. So far, this support has hardly been there in the series, the trio had a field shot rate of 30.5 percent and a three-point rate of 31 percent in the first three games. Kleber in particular was in the first three duels, with Golden State looking for its throw (2/14 three-pointers).

Below average is still a positive expression. It should have been clear after the first two playoff rounds that the Mavs role players can do better. And they proved it in Game 4. Finney-Smith was the second-best scorer with 23 points, followed by Bullock (18) and Kleber leading the bank (13). The three hammered 12/20 triples through the trap.

The “others” like the NBA legend and TNTAnalyst Shaquille O’Neal, who likes to call role-players, met the expectations of all observers of this series: If Doncic and Jalen Brunson get support from the center, then Mavs is dangerous. Basketball is so simple sometimes. In the end, eight Mavericks sank at least one three-pointer, the rate of 46.5 percent (20/43) was even weakened in the fourth quarter. It was the hat-trick of the first 36 minutes that gave Dallas a much-needed victory.

“It’s just the way they are, it’s in their DNA,” coach Jason Kidd said, delighted with his role-players’ bounce-back play. And Kleber explained, “I just keep throwing when I’m open. It’s the right decision. I take the throw, like everyone else would do if they were open.”

The issue of “being open” has not been an issue for Dallas so far in the series. According to In the first three games against Golden State, the Mavs generated 26.7 wide threes per game – but they hit a weak 33.8 percent of them. It was different in Game 4. As Doncic was still looking for his rhythm in the first half (13, 4/14 FG), his teammates were already happily welding triple after triple through the trap, thus enabling Dallas to take a comfortable lead. As Doncic rightly acknowledges, role players are the key to Dallas. And they were there in game 4.

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