Dallas Mavericks coach Jason Kidd stabbed the bear Tuesday night.
As a former University of California Golden Bear, he should know that his home state is the Bear Region.
The Mavericks made another attempt to knock out the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference final on Thursday night in San Francisco. After Game 4’s 119-109 home win, most of the focus will be on whether Kidd was right in announcing his postgame:
“The biggest compliment we got was that they got the play zone because they can’t play with us one by one.”
The Warriors have mixed man-to-man and zone defense throughout the series. They held Mavericks to 40 percent shooting – or worse – off the floor, including 28.9 percent or less in 3-point attempts in the first two games of the best-of-seven series.
But going down 3-0 and needing a win to survive at home on Tuesday, Mavericks gave the Golden State Zone a different look, removing star Luka Donsic from the head of defense to the wing, allowing him to attack against low resistance.
It worked. Donsick was not his best shooting night (10 for 26) but still managed 30 points and, most importantly, helped his teammates go through their 3-point games with a game-high nine-assist.
Reggie Bullock shot 6 for 10 on a 3-pointer and Dorian Finney-Smith added a 7-for-4 shot for 4, as the Mavericks outscored the Warriors with 20 three and 60-30 scoring advantage.
Golden State star Stephen Curry has admitted that his team was slow to take on the new look of the Mavericks, but promised that it would be fully ready in Game 5.
“The playoffs are fun. It’s a game of coordination, “he said. “You have to find it. If you can’t fly it, you have a game like (Tuesday). In the next 48 hours, you get ready and come out with another level of focus on what they did. ”
The teams flew to San Francisco for various reasons of optimism.
The Warriors are 8-0 at home this post season, averaging 118-103. After leading 3-0, they did not lose 4-5 games in a row.
The Mavericks, on the other hand, believe they could easily have won their most recent game at Golden State, where they blew a 14-point halftime lead.
Dallas shot 52.3 percent overall and hit 15 of 27 3-point attempts on the way to a 72-58 advantage in the first half in Game 2. But then the Mavs dropped 41.2 percent and dropped to 6-18 for 3 in the final 24. Minutes, the outscore being 68-45.
It’s just a matter of making shots, the kid tends to stress.
“They’re going to play most of the game zone, so it’s going to present a problem for them to leave the 3s,” he said. “They have won the series, but we believe that if we keep getting the shots, if we can do it, it will put pressure on them.
“We know we’re going to the Golden State, it’s a tough place to win, and we’ve won there before (February 27, 107-101). We just have to take care of the ball and shoot. “
The Warriors are hoping the experienced backup Auto Porter Jr. will return from a foot injury for Game 5, where a win would take Golden State to their sixth trip to the NBA Finals in the last eight seasons.
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