The Golden State Warriors will try to reach a high-paying NBA milestone and take a commanding lead in the Western Conference finals when hosting Game 2 against the Dallas Mavericks on Friday night.
With their 112-87 ramp over the Mavericks in the best-of-seven opener on Wednesday, the Warriors went into one of only five franchises in NBA history to record 200 post-season wins. The Los Angeles Lakers, Boston Celtics, Philadelphia 76ers and San Antonio Spurs are currently the only members of the exclusive 200 club.
In their seventh consecutive home win this post-season, the Warriors dominated the Mavericks in almost every case of Game 1, surpassing their 56.1 percent to 36.0 percent overall and 34.5 percent to 22.9 percent in 3-pointers. They also surpassed the Mavs 51-35.
Andrew Wiggins was the defensive leader through his efforts on Mavericks star Luka Donsick, limiting him to a post-season-low of 20 points in a 6-for-18 shooting. But Warriors coach Steve Kerr doesn’t necessarily expect the same to happen.
“She is OK. “A game we did a great job defensively, but we’re not in any illusion that we’ve figured something out. There is a good chance that those shots will start in the next match, so we just have to be committed and aggressive and play with strength and see what happens. “
The Warriors advanced in the second half, but most of them hinted at the impact of the first 12 minutes of the game. The Mavericks took 19 3-pointers on a 7-game winning streak in Phoenix on Sunday and made just three of them, trailing 28-18.
“It simply came to our notice then. It happens. It’s basketball, “said Mavericks coach Jason Kidd. “Hopefully we get the same look in Game 2.”
Jalen Brunson made none of his five 3-point attempts that night. Davis Bartons went 4 for 0, and Reggie Bullock made seven mistakes in his 10 attempts.
But in post-game analysis most of the focus was on Wiggins.
“I just have to be better. It’s up to me, “said Donsic, whose previous low point was 24 in Game 6 of the first round against the Utah Jazz this post season.” They did a great job. As a leader, I have to be better for the team as a whole.
While the results may not be the same, Wiggins promises that his efforts will return to Game 2.
“I am still young. I’m not really tired, “said Wiggins. “I’m locked in. I’m inspired, and when you see it work or I think it’s helping us play better, it inspires me to do more.”
No coach has talked much about changing a match in the series. The Warriors have won the last 13 series where they took Game 1 and will stick to what they did to try to keep that streak alive.
Donsick, meanwhile, hopes the Mavericks have learned a lesson after rallying to defeat Phoenix: digging a 2-0 hole is not ideal.
“Game 2 was similar to Game 1 (in the Phoenix series), so we have to learn from it and we have to come out and play harder and play better,” he said. “We are going to believe. So confidence is the same. Every game is hard to win, so some you are going to lose. But confidence remains the same. ”
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