Game 3 Preview: Warriors at Mavericks – 5/22/22
After two home games, the Warriors travel to Dallas for Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals.
TO DALLAS UP 2-0
The Warriors have taken care of home business and hold a 2-0 series advantage going into Sunday’s Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals. The Warriors have won the first road game in each of their first two playoff series, and the Dubs have won one road game in 25 consecutive playoffs dating back to 2013. The Mavericks, meanwhile, have gone 5 -1 at home this playoffs. and they will be looking to return to the series with games 3 and 4 of this series taking place in their home.
WARRIORS PLAYOFF WATCH PARTY IN THRIVE CITY
For all Warriors road games during the 2022 playoffs, fans are invited to come to Thrive City for a Warriors playoff watch party, presented by Chase. The Game 3 Watch Party will feature a number of fun activities for the whole family, including playing the game broadcast on San Francisco’s largest outdoor video billboard! Learn more about the Watch Party and RSVP at prospercity.com.
LAST TIME OUT
The Warriors overcame a 19-point deficit and controlled the second half in Friday’s 126-117 win over the Mavericks in Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals. » Complete recap of the game
MATCHUP AT A GLANCE
|PTS: 114.9 (1st)||PTS: 105.7 (10th)|
|REC: 44.3 (5th)||REC: 36.3 (15th)|
|ASD: 27.9 (1st)||ASD: 18.3 (15th)|
The Warriors have a reputation for playing their best ball in the third quarter, but that streak extended into the fourth quarter as well. In the first two games of those conference finals, the Dubs beat the Mavericks 126-87 in the second half. The Warriors put the game aside on Friday with a 43-point fourth quarter, the second-best fourth-period score in Warriors playoff history. Additionally, the Dubs had just 13 points in Dallas in the third quarter, which was especially significant given the Mavericks didn’t seem to miss a peripheral shot in the first half. The Warriors have overcome double-digit deficits in multiple playoff wins, and it has everything to do with the team’s ability to close out games.
PREVIOUS GAME BEGINNERS
GSW: Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Andrew Wiggins, Draymond Green and Kevon Looney
LAD: Luka Doncic, Jalen Brunson, Dorian Finney-Smith, Reggie Bullock and Dwight Powell
INJURY NOTES AND LIST
GSW: Andre Iguodala (left cervical disc injury), Gary Payton II (fractured elbow) and James Wiseman (right knee injury management) are absent. Team notes
LAD: Tim Hardaway Jr. (left foot surgery) is out. Team notes
One of the reasons for such good results in these last two games has been the contributions of several players beyond the usual suspects. Yes, Stephen Curry has been the team’s leading scorer this series, but Otto Porter Jr. and Kevon Looney have also scored in double figures in every game so far, and they’re shooting a combined 24-for-30 since the floor this series. On Friday, Porter made several shots in the fourth quarter to give the Warriors the lead, while Looney was in the right place at the right time, making several edge shots made possible by his teammates’ practices. Looney’s 21 points in Game 2 was a career high – for both the regular season and the playoffs – and he had such an impact in recent games that some fans chanted “MVP” when Looney was on. the free throw line on Thursday.
TEAM HEADS OF EVENTS
|PTS: Curry (26.8)||PTS: Doncic (31.4)|
|REC: Green (7.2)||REC: Doncic (9.4)|
|AST: Green (6.2)||AST: Doncic (6.5)|
DALLAS SCOUTING REPORT
The Mavericks have fired more 3-point shots than two-point shot attempts in every game this series, and they’ve seen mixed results. On Wednesday, Dallas’ inability to make shots put them in an early hole, but on Friday they held the lead for the first three quarters of the game largely because of their perimeter shooting. Dallas made five of its first seven 3-pointers in Game 2, and they ended up making seven more than the Dubs on Friday. Three Mavericks players made at least five 3-pointers on Friday, and with the next two games in Dallas, it wouldn’t be a big surprise to see other role players taking and making more perimeter shots. Luka Doncic and Jalen Brunson are coming off big games, but what hurt the Mavs was their inability to defend. The Mavericks had the fifth-best defense in the NBA during the regular season and they held Phoenix to under 100 points in three of their seven games in the final round. The Warriors shot 56% from the floor the first two games, and the Mavs will have to take that down a notch or two if they want to get back in this series.
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