Six matches and always no wins away! Les Mavs reported the third and final home game in this series for a 3-3 draw in this conference semi-final face aux Suns. A game they dominated from start to finish relying on a solid defense and a much better long-distance address.
Many times in this series, I met her in a duel between “Mr. Premier Quart-Temps ”, Devin Booker and Luka Doncic. The two men did the most damage as they approached the circle with a happier efficiency for one than the other: 8 points for the back of the Suns with four shots against 10 in Slovenia but on… 11 shots . Despite the awkwardness of their playmaker, decided like Jalen Brunson to attack a maximum of Chris Paul, the Mavs fired a short header after two minutes (28-25).
Advancement confirmed in the next period due to the success of several Texan shooters, Maxi Kleber and especially Spencer Dinwiddie and Reggie Bullock, well plus confidence that when the previous match.
This address begins to make a difference in the second half of this poorly-finished quarter with awkward Suns shooting and ball in hand. Luka Doncic sent a “stepback” behind the arc to his favorite “matchup”, Deandre Ayton, and Dallas was more than ten points ahead (49-39).
Mais les hommes de Monty Williams finished the first period with 15 points behind (60-45). The serenity displayed on the face of the coach of the Suns contrasted with the rendering of his team on the floor. The latter continued to thwart a well-established Texan defense, and the gap, rather than being narrowed, continued to be widened by the locals.
The defense slept soundly, leaving Luka Doncic alone to go dunker without opposition. Deandre Ayton’s attacking effort and Devin Booker’s fight will be in vain: Phoenix, whose attack seemed completely gripped, was more than 20 points behind at the start of the quarter (94-72) . A last period without much interest in which a “garbage time” ended with closing the debates. Opportunity for Boban Marjanovic to score the first points in the playoffs.
WHAT TO REMEMBER
– The awkwardness of the Suns balloon in hand … The main statistical differential between the two teams should not be looked for further. The Suns lost 22 balls, including 7 in the third quarter, where their opponents returned only six possessions. Arizona players have to deal with the terrible report, both inattentive and sometimes haphazard, and in the face of defensive pressure. On an example of action in which Frank Ntilikina, the best interceptor of the match (4), a mis son corps in opposition on a dribble Chris Paul who ended up par lost control of the ball and send it in touch. The Texans took full advantage of these “turnovers” by scoring 29 points behind.
– … And on replays. Part of the meeting took place in the last moments of the first period. On a back-to-back play, Luka Doncic found Reggie Bullock alone who was cutting the circle for two points. Explication? Poor screen communication between Devin Booker and Mikal Bridges. Next possession, new replay of the Slovenian bottom line. It’s the new defensive error of the Suns with three defenders occupied by two screen bearers, leaving Maxi Kleber alone with 3-points. In the middle, Reggie Bullock cut a pass from Chris Paul before sanctioning after the arc. This sudden 8-0 hurt the visitors a lot.
TOPS / FLOPS
⁇ Luke Doncic. Another 3-point awkwardness, as well as awkwardness in free throws, but new big production, and investment in defense especially in front of Devin Booker, for the Slovenian who won his first victory in his career. an NBA playoff game. He has already made his 13th playoff game at 30 points or more.
⁇ Reggie Bullock and Spencer Dinwiddie. The two men had signed a previous non-match with a 0/8 overall. They reacted widely tonight with a superb 10/18 shot from both of them. Special mention should be made of the first city to defend itself against Devin Booker, hence his time, the most important part of the game. The second, who had not scored 15 points since the first round, recalled that there was no shortage of guts. This long distance seems to be the key to Mavs success in the playoffs.
⁇ Chris Paul. Nouveau match that looks a lot like us au aueur des Suns. He muscled his stats sheet with two award-winning baskets in a last quarter that seemed already played out. Before that, he was surprisingly passive in attack and, like Devin Booker, lost balls that didn’t look like him. From the age of 37, this is a level that was shown earlier in the playoffs.
Game 7 : in Phoenix, Sunday, May 15.