The Mavs leave Arizona under a 2-0 lead and above all, after receiving a nice blow. After being tied down for three quarters with the Suns, visitors exploded into a few minutes of frenzy, signed by Chris Paul, then Devin Booker. After a couple of meetings, it looks like the Defenders of the finalists have too much in their game to fend off the Texans.
Seeing Mikal Bridges, Devin Booker and the other Suns start the game off strong (9-0), and Luka Doncic sending his first passes into the stands, we first thought that Game 2 would start on the same rules as Game 1. That feeling soon dissipated, at least in terms of evolution The result. Because just as in the first round, Luka Doncic, who saw his “backzone” partner Jalen Bronson experience a complex new start, took the match to his maves side.
Almost every opposing player was sent to the coals in an attempt to stop him from getting too close to the circle. without result. Even if it sometimes meant abusing solitude, by wanting to spread Cam Johnson, the Slovenian scored or handed the pass for 24 of his team’s first 28 points. With an impressive title by the league’s top scorer in the first quarter, Devin Booker, Phoenix maintained a poor lead (32-28).
It wasn’t until the convincing entries of trio of Texas substitutes Spencer Dinwende, Davis Bertans, both skilled from far to start, and Maxi Kleber to see Luka Doncic backed up in attack. And especially to see the MAFS leading the score for the first time … in the series (38-43). In contrast, Sun lacked clarity in attack with an astonishing series of offensive errors. They managed to survive thanks to the unexpected champ, Jay Crowder, skilled from afar and not the last to go and rubbing shoulders with Luka Doncic (58-60).
During the break, Phoenix reminded himself that by defending aggressively, the gap would widen. The locals thus increased their defensive intensity, as the many balls deflected by Michal Bridges in front of the Slovenian. The latter is better contained in this third period, as Reggie Bullock, a rare still-float Texan, transforms three award-winning baskets. Still in touch at the start of the last quarter (89-83), visitors will explode in the next minutes.
Chris Paul’s extraordinary speech blunder, imitated by Devin Booker who actually had a chance to warm up in the third quarter. Seven minutes later, the match was folded (119-95) and Jason Kidd decided to shoot the white flag by emptying his seat.
What to remember
– Storm Chris Paul! No more searching for the best player in this game. At the beginning of the fourth quarter, the captain decided to take over with an assumed strategy: Luka Doncic’s goal in defense. And so who-knows-how often mustered Landry Schammit to get this coveted “match” against the Slovenian, who overflowed with his left hand or suffered from his “fade” on the limbs. The captain, turned killer, scored 14 points in just six minutes before returning to the bench to get some rest. He just finished off Mavs.
– MAVS defense explodes. 77 points in game 5, 96 points in game 6 … the defensive performances of the previous series seem far away. After containing Jazz, one of the best attacks in the league, in the first round, the Mavs once again exploded in defense against the Suns’ collective fleet. And to say that their executioner in Game 1, Deandre Ayton, didn’t even reach 10 points… that means the attacking margin available to Monty Williams players who shot with exceptional skill ratios last night (64.5% of which are 52% so far).
– Interior punished! This meeting was distinguished by the amount of distributed defects. The interiors, on both sides, were most affected by the phenomenon. Dwight Powell and Dorian Finney Smith could not speak. Ditto up front with Deandre Ayton who couldn’t reproduce his good exit from the first match. His replacement, JaVale McGee, an author of very strong entries, was also in too much contact at the racket. The result: Bismak Piombo made the most of his playing time in these qualifiers and made his best contribution.
✅ Devin Booker. Undoubtedly the most consistent of the Suns throughout the game except in the second quarter. The back was more effective than in the previous match. After Chris Paul’s big pass, he drove the point home with three consecutive award-winning baskets before returning to the bench in turn.
✅ Jay Crowder. Energy in defense, a bit of “trash talk” with Luka Doncic, a long-range title, a few good balls listed below for JaVale McGee, the “role player” brought all that could be expected of him. A reference match for a winger who has struggled with skill level so far.
✅ ⛔ Luka Doncic. A massive new first period for Mavs playmaker (24 points) which had a much lower impact per second. His big game in attack shouldn’t make us forget his seven lost balls and his difficulties in defense: Chris Paul personally targeted him at the end of the match. Like other starters on his team, he finished with an excessive negative +/- (-28).
⛔ Galen Bronson. Replica of his game 1 with clumsiness and attention to mistakes to start the meeting. The difference in his first game is that he didn’t notice any offensive improvement, with constant embarrassment near the circle or half a distance away. Without a wake-up call from him, it seems complicated to Dallas.
3 . game : In Dallas, the night of Friday, May 6 through Saturday, May 7, at 3:30.