Playoff Review: Utah Jazz Fall 'Again' To Doncic-less Mavericks

Playoff Review: Utah Jazz Fall ‘Again’ To Doncic-less Mavericks

With the series tied at 1-1, the Utah Jazz face off against the Dallas Mavericks in their home. Luka Doncic is still not available for the Mavericks, so the Jazz need to win this game to secure a lead in the series before Doncic suits up to play.

The Jazz went with their starting lineup of Mike Conley, Donovan Mitchell, Bojan Bogadnovic, 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 Jazz were raring to go with the opening tip but so were the Mavericks. Jalen Brunson and Maxi Kleber were hot from their previous game and they started attacking this game as well. It did not seem like the Jazz changed anything in the lineup and the Mavericks kept using the advantage of having a slow Gobert run to the perimeter.

The Jazz usually always manage to come together on the defensive end and stop the opposing teams. But this time the Mavericks were being blunt about their game plan and put up a big man against Gobert and they capitalized on the perimeter being a good 3-point shooting team. The Jazz were attacking as well but the Mavericks pulled forward and set themselves apart. The Mavericks have the lead with a score of 68-51.

With the start of the 2nd half, the Utah Jazz decided on attacking. Bogdanovic and Mitchell took charge on the offensive, scoring 30 points combined in the quarter. The Mavericks fell behind a bit after Jazz’ coach Quincey Snyder decided to sit Gobert out and restricted his playing time.

The Mavericks knew they still had the lead and then focused on the offensive and contain Mitchell. Dinwiddie and Brunson coupled together to propel the Mavericks. Mitchell and Conley kept attacking in order to take the lead but the Mavericks’ offence and defense was on point in the final quarter, closing out the game.

Box Score

Jalen Brunson has been leading the Mavericks in the series as he put up 31 points and 5 assists. Spencer Dinwiddie supported Brunson with 20 points, 6 assists, 5 rebounds and 3 steals. Maxi Kleber and Davis Bertans used their advantage on the perimeter with 17 and 15 points respectively. Dorian Finney-Smith did a little bit of everything and put up 14 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists and 4 steals.

Donovan Mitchell led the game in scoring with 32 points and 6 assists but on bad shooting splits. Bojan Bogdanovic supported him with 24 points and 6 rebounds. Mike Conley provided 21 points,6 assists and 2 steals. Rudy Gobert put up 15 points and 7 rebounds.

Takeaways from Game 3

The Mavericks won game 3 with a scoreline of 126-118. They have now taken the lead in the series 2-1. With high hopes for Doncic’s return in the next game, the Mavericks are feeling extremely positive about their chances.

The Utah Jazz has a lot of things to be concerned about. They need a player who can guard the perimeter and the interior as well. Gobert is doing his best but it’s not at all effective. Mitchell is doing his bit on the offensive side. The only thing they can do now to counteract their opponent is think of a way to defend the perimeter shooters, else they have to pack up their bags.

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