Playoff Review: Dallas Mavericks VS Utah Jazz, April 16, 2022

Playoff Review: Dallas Mavericks VS Utah Jazz, April 16, 2022

The curtains on the Playoffs have risen. The 1st matchup in the Western Conference was the 4th seeded Dallas Mavericks going against the 5th seeded Utah Jazz. The bad news for the Mavericks is that Luka Doncic will not be playing due to the injury he suffered in the last game of the regular season.

The Utah Jazz went with a starting lineup of Mike Conley, Donovan Mitchell, Bojan Bogdanovic, Royce O’Neale and Rudy Gobert. The Mavericks started with Jalen Brunson, Spencer Dinwiddie, Reggie Bullock, Dorian Finney-Smith and Dwight Powell.

Game Summary

The game started with a head to head battle between the two teams. The Mavericks got the first basket of the game and the momentum of the 1st quarter. But without their star Doncic, they did not have that much of an advantage. However, both teams got their defenses up most of the game and were being really careful in making efficient plays.

The game was going back and forth but the Mavericks were getting more of the points through transition as the Jazz were fumbling the balls a lot. But the Jazz were focusing more on the half court plays and they ran their offense through Mitchell and Bogdanovic as they were making their shots.

The surprise of the game is however the fact that the Jazz were not being more dominating than they should have been. The Mavericks were without their star player and yet the game came down to the wire, getting closer and closer with every passing minute of the quarter. On top of that the Jazz had 3 All-Star caliber player and yet they were struggling to differentiate themselves from a group of role players.

Box Score

Donovan Mitchell was the leading scorer of the entire game with 32 points, 6 assists and 6 rebounds. Bojan Bogdanovic supported Mitchell with 26 points, 4 assists and 5 rebounds going 55% from the field. Rudy Gobert did not have anything on the offensive end but on the defensive side he got 17 rebounds and 3 blocks. The rest of the team was pretty underwhelming to say the least.

Jalen Brunson led the Mavericks with 24 points, 5 assists and 7 rebounds. Spencer Dinwiddie gave 22 points, 8 assists and 4 rebounds. Reggie Bullock gave 15 points, 6 rebounds and 2 steals. Dorina Finney Smith went for 14 points, 5 rebounds and 2 blocks.

Aftermath

The Jazz won the game with a scoreline of 99-93 to secure Game 1 of the 1st round. The biggest take away of the game is that the Mavericks would not have lost if Luka Doncic was in the court. The Mavericks know it and even the Jazz knew it. The Jazz need to rethink their strategy as clearlyin this match it did not work. Their over-reliance on the 3-point line won’t take them far if they do not hit and this match taught them that.

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