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On defense, Looney held the Mavericks to 1-of-11 shooting from the field as the primary defender, including holding Doncic to 0-of-3. He also grabbed 12 rebounds. Looney is accustomed to being switched onto guards like Doncic. During the Warriors’ dynastic runs, he was switched onto James Harden when Golden State faced Houston multiple times during the postseason. “I take kind of the same approach,” Looney said. “I’m just a little bit more battle-tested. That was my first time playing on a big stage like this. I don’t know if even my teammates had the most faith in me, but they put me out there and I handled it pretty well.
There is some level of luck to the Warriors’ defensive approach. The Mavericks will continue to chuck an obscene amount of 3s. They attempted 48 in Game 1 and 45 in Game 2. That’s 93 total. The Warriors have taken only 57. That is where these 2018 Rockets comparisons gain legs. If Dallas is hot, the Warriors are cooked. If the Mavericks go cold, the Warriors will run away from them. Kerr said he told the Warriors at halftime, after Dallas made 15 3s, that he’d “pat them on the back” if they did it again because if anybody makes 30 3s in a game, “they deserve to win.” “But when you go 2-for-13 and you rely on the 3, you can die by the 3,” Jason Kidd said. “We died in the third quarter by shooting that many 3s and coming up with only two.”
Instead of flipping home-court advantage and turning the series into a best-of-5 with three games in American Airlines Center, the Mavericks face an 0-2 hole for a second consecutive round — this time against a franchise with dynastic championship experience. “Bad defense. That’s it,” Doncic said. “It’s very hard to stop them. … We were up 19, so it’s a tough situation, but we can’t look back.”