Mary C Posted May 22, 2022 Share Posted May 22, 2022 POTENTIAL STARTING LINEUPS: GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS: PG | Stephen Curry SG | Klay Thompson SF | Andrew Wiggins PF | Jonathan Kuminga C | Draymond Green DALLAS MAVERICKS: PG | Luka Doncic SG | Jalen Brunson SF | Reggie Bullock PF | Dorian Finney-Smith C | Dwight Powell Want to start the week right? We know we are! On Monday, May 23rd at 9 AM, the Golden Warriors from the sunny state of California are headed to the American Airlines Center of Dallas, Texas. The Dallas Mavericks are currently prepping for game 3, especially as the Warriors have won games 1 and 2. Will the Mavericks finally be able to make the tides turn in their favor as how they did with the Suns? Or will the Warriors establish their strength and domination throughout their matches? For a team that’s known to be their most dangerous in the third quarter of their games, the Warriors vs. Mavericks series showed that the Dubs can be just as frightening in the fourth quarter all the same. As the Warriors have won games 1 (112-86) and 2 (126-11) seemingly so comfortably, they had their struggles in game 2. By halftime, the game was in favor of Dallas in a 72-58 game. It was a 19-point deficit for the Dubs to overcome, but they were able to pull through. How, you might ask? The Warriors dominated the paint, and they’ve always been known for their ability to finish games in their favor; so much so that regardless of an opponent’s lead, the game is not over until it is officially over. Fan favorite Stephen Curry led points and assists while power forward Kevin Looney led rebounds. On the other side of the court, the Mavs undoubtedly started strong. Their offense was at its peak during the second quarter, swiftly and skillfully scoring 40 points against their formidable opponents. After halftime, however, this started their fall from grace. As Dallas let one too many shots go, Golden State started to pick up the pace. Just as fast as the Mavericks led the first and second quarter, the Warriors outscored them by the third. They could have still taken back the game, but with no rebounds, it became more difficult to pull off as the Dubs had the paint. Luka Doncic led the team’s points and assists and power forward Dorian Finney-Smith led rebounds. We’re going out on a limb here and claim Monday’s game will be in favor of the Dallas Mavericks. While the Golden State Warriors have shown much skill and resilience throughout the postseason, the Mavs’ recent loss was a blessing and a curse. Their dominance during the first half could very much carry on until the last minute if they do not solely rely on three-pointers and if they amp up their defense. The Warriors are one of the NBA’s greatest offensive leaders, but if the Mavs tapped into their weakness this time and are able to get through the Dubs’ high-risk third-quarter play, they can secure game three. Don’t believe us? The best way to know now is to watch out for Monday’s game— Golden State Warriors vs. Dallas Mavericks. 9:00 AM, Monday, May 23, 2022, American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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