SAN FRANCISCO – Head coach Jason Kidd blamed the Dallas Mavericks’ one-dimensional attacking approach for their 19-point advantage in Friday’s 126-117 loss to the Golden State Warriors, criticizing his team for relying too much on the 3-point shot during the game. Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals.
The Mavs made 21 of 45 3-point attempts in the game, matching the third-largest 3-attempt made during a supplement loss in NBA history, according to ESPN Stats & Information research. But Kidd specifically cited Dallas’ pick to shoot in the third quarter, when the Mavs held 13 points and went 2 of 13 in 3s, as a major problem.
“When you go 2 against 13 and count on 3, you can die by 3,” Kidd said after the Warriors led 2-0 in the series. “And we died in the third quarter by shooting many 3 seconds and coming out with only two.”
The Mavs made it to the Western Conference Finals largely due to their prolific 3-point shot. They thrived with the Super Ranger Luka Doncic Organizes a five-a-side attack, with hunting and shooting reserve maxi clipper Playing much more than the starting minutes Dwight Powell In the center throughout the postseason. Dallas leads the league on 3-pointers (15.6 per game) and attempted (41.1) during these playoffs, shooting 37.9% from outside the arc.
In their Game 1 loss to the Warriors, the Mavs went to 11 of 48 from a 3-point span, but Kidd encouraged his team that night to keep taking an open look. The Mavs built their big lead at the Chase Center Friday night with a snappy shooting, as they were 15 of 27 from a 3-point range in the first inning. Then the well dried up in the third quarter, when the Warriors edged out the Mavs by 25-13.
“I mean, we’ve been getting a great look,” said the Muvs guard. Galen Bronson, who scored 31 points in 11 of 19 shots, including 5 of 7 from a 3-point range. “When we’re open, we’re going to shoot. We have a lot of players who can take shots and drop shots. So I think as long as we open the ball and shoot right, do the extra pass, when we do the things we do, we have confidence in everyone, I have confidence in everyone.” to overcome it.”
But Kidd, who chose not to call a timeout while the Warriors ran in the third quarter, felt the Mavs needed to be more aggressive than dribbling when their jumpers stopped falling. Dallas was 3 of 6 on two 2-point attempts in the third quarter, and the Mavs only attempted four free throws despite being on the bonus in the last six minutes.
“If you make [3s]That’s cool, Kidd said, but you just have to understand, if you miss four in a row, you can’t take fifth. You have to do it. This puts a lot of pressure on yourself and your team because if you don’t stop at the other end, it will turn out to be an explosion.”
The Warriors were actually still two points behind at the end of the third quarter. Golden State didn’t make their debut until the reserve striker Otto Porter Jr..’s 3-pointer on the inaugural fourth-quarter possession. The dam broke for Dallas’ defense in the fourth, when the Warriors scored 43 points on 15 of 19 rebounds.
“We play in defense when we play in attack and we don’t play in defense when we can’t score,” Kidd said. “That’s something we have to improve at this time of year.”
Golden State, who scored six double-digit scorers led by Stephen Curry32 points, he dominated Dallas in scoring a difference of 62-30. Doncic finished with 42 points and eight assists, and went 12 of 23 from the floor and 5 of 10 in 3s.
It was the seventh 40-point playoff performance in the 23-year-old’s career, matching Dirk Nowitzki for the biggest performance in franchise history. But the Mavs are only 2-5 when Doncic scores 40 or more.
Doncic, as he did after two Phoenix Suns losses in the previous series, believes the Mavs made a mistake by not driving too often.
“We didn’t attack the paint very often,” Doncic said. “But we have to attack the paint more, as they did. They attack the paint a lot. They have two of the best shooters in the world, and they still attack the paint. So I think we have to rely less on a 3.”