Mavs avoid a sweep against the Warriors on an emotional day in Dallas.

DALLAS — In the first three games of the Western Conference Finals, the Warriors thoroughly won their defense against the Mavericks. The combination of a hedge-and-recoverman plan, a little diversion, a little box-and-one, and a look that includes a fair bit of area, Golden State kept Dallas at an attacking rating of 106.3 in games 1-3. elite mark. If you want to turn these plans into something positive, leave it to Mavs coach Jason Kidd.

“The biggest compliment we’ve received is that we have to play in the zone because they can’t protect us 1:1.”

Dallas were finally able to utilize the Warriors on Tuesday and recorded their first win of the series as they returned to the Bay with the Dubs still leading 3-1. Mavs’ 119-109 win in Game 4 was bolstered by the power of an outside shot. Because their 3-point shot finally started raining down through the leaky roof of the Dallas Stadium. After only 32.6% triple in his first three contests, on Tuesday night Mavs hooked up 20 of 43 for 46.5%. As an example of how dramatic the turnaround can be, in Game 3, Reggie Bullock and Dorian Finney-Smith combined to shoot 2/12 from deep. In Game 4, he shot 10 out of 17.

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Finney-Smith said after the match:

The three points were a hallmark of Dallas’ progress to the playoffs. Interest in Luka Dončić often creates an outward appearance for the Mavs’ support cast. The Warriors have generally been reluctant to offer Luka the switches they want in this series, and with this hesitation, they can incorporate realm shapes that allow them to constantly swap their defenses. In postseason wins, Mavs are shooting 40.8% of 42 triples per game. In defeat, they are only 33.7% in 40.8 attempts per game. Of all teams remaining in the playoffs, Dallas has the highest win rate out of 3 points and the most attempts per game.

After the game, Steve Kerr lamented the team’s performance and said he wasn’t vigilant or sharp on defense. Thanks to Luka, the Mavs’ attacks command a continuous focus, no different from the Warriors’ constant movements. The Warriors shuffled so much coverage that they shouted assignments throughout the game as Mike Brown fell off the bench throughout the game and Dallas took the ball to the floor. Even a momentary mistake in communication could lead to an easy 3 for the Mavericks.

At the other end of the floor, Golden State looked helpless. The Warriors didn’t hit as many attacks until the fourth quarter. Dubs were 29 points behind in the second half until the bench unit broke the lead with just 8 points in the fourth quarter. The final score made the game look more competitive than before. Mavs were definitely on their feet and didn’t seriously threaten to make things interesting when the Golden State starting pitcher checked in again with only a few minutes left.

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More importantly, of course, was that the game took place only a few hours after it happened. Robb Elementary School shooting in Yuvalde, Texas, just over 350 miles from the stadium. The two coaches talked about the tragedy before the match. Jason Kidd read the prepared statement and declined to answer basketball questions. He said he could not explain the situation. His voice was soft as he tried to organize his thoughts. Following Kidd, Kerr gave a passionate speech for nearly three minutes. He asked no questions, urging Congress to do more to combat gun violence.

“I’m tired. I’m too tired to stand here and pay my condolences to the devastated families there. I’m too tired of excuses. I’m tired of moments of silence. That’s enough,” Kerr added. And I ask you senators who do nothing about the supermarket shooting: ‘How do our children and our elders and our church members share their lust for power?’ Because that’s what it looks like.”

Empathized, Kerr called the lack of action “pathetic” and said “I’ve done enough” and quickly left the press conference.

After the game, Stephen Curry thanked Kerr for his leadership and added: “I thought everyone was going to play.” Before the tip, he shared Kerr’s speech on his Twitter account, writing: “Watch this as if you were watching a match tonight.”

Both teams performed professionally, but in the light of the horrific events, it was difficult for Game 4 not to feel particularly trivial. Perhaps the most shocking thing that happened on the court on Tuesday was Draymond Green, with no one left in the stands nearly an hour after the game ended. Draymond Green, who all smiles as he walks with his family in the middle of an almost empty gym, on either side of his kids.

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