Golden State led 3-0 in the series after the success in Dallas, signed by the former Minnesota who also produced a spectacular dunk in the head of Doncic. Warriors coach: “He and Curry are in fantastic physical shape”
The Golden State Warriors are only one win from the NBA Finals after the all-important 109-100 away win at the Dallas Mavericks. Decisive Steph Curry with 31 points and 11 assists and, above all, Andrew Wiggins, absolute protagonist of the match with 27 points, 11 rebounds and a monstrous dunk in the 4th period on Luka Doncic’s head. The Warriors rebounded, punishing every mistake made by the Mavericks with their greater physicality and defensive organization. A perfect mental performance. “I am really happy with the position we are in. Winning here and going 3-0 was what we felt we had to get from this away match,” Steve Kerr said after the game.
He was not the best scorer of his team, Andrew Wiggins, but he was certainly the player who most of all determined the success of the Warriors in Game 3. A performance of 27 points (career maximum in the playoffs) with 11/20 shooting and 11 rebounds. Wiggins is the Golden State player with the highest plus / minus in this series (+66) and is proving to be absolutely irreplaceable for the team’s technical balance. We’re seeing Andrew Wiggins’ best version of his career, coach Steve Kerr thinks so too: “He’s doing great on rebounding too. Tonight he took 6 offensives, he gave us extra possessions. He’s having an incredible season. He’s All Star for a while. reason, a fantastic two-way player. You don’t win in the playoffs without players like Wiggs. We are making sure that he is on the field the same minutes as Doncic, so he can stay in the scoring on him, but he doesn’t seem to be fatigued in the least. , like Curry, he is in tremendous physical shape. ” The symbolic play of Game 3 was a Wiggins’ poster dunk in the 4th period. A breathtaking flight over Luka Doncic’s head. A play initially sanctioned by the referees as an offensive foul and then legitimized following the challenge called by Steve Kerr. An electrifying dunk, perhaps the best seen in these playoffs: “I felt all that energy the moment I saw the iron. They tried to take it off but luckily the coach called the challenge,” said Wiggins post-match. For Klay Thompson, the teammate “looked like Dominique Wilkins”. An extraordinary technical gesture, which put the right emphasis on Wiggins’ commendable performance on both sides of the pitch: “I have always remained focused and aggressive. In every race, every series, there is a different opponent and a different way of interpreting the game. Basketball. Never take anything for granted. Even now that we are 3-0 ahead. All point-to-point games are very difficult and they will never give up without a fight. The work is not done. “added Wiggins.
Luka Doncic finished with 40 points, shooting 11/23 from the field and 14/17 from the line, 11 rebounds and 3 assists in 40 ‘. The Mavericks’ record when the Slovenian (the worst Maverick in terms of plus / minus in this series with -61) climbs over 40 points in this postseason is 2 wins and 6 losses. The Warriors are managing, therefore, to isolate the contribution of him and not to allow his companions to enter the script. For coach Jason Kidd, this contrast between Doncic’s brilliant individuality and the lack of supporting cast is not the key to the match: “We can’t afford to pit them man against man. It’s team concepts that have to be countered. We don’t have pulled well. Reggie, who has been incredible all season, did 0/10, Dorian 3/7. The players who were able to score consistently, Spencer, Luka and Jalen, can’t be enough to beat these Warriors . We must have more contribution from everyone. Teams like us live and die on the three-point shot but also on the fact of not being able to capture offensive rebounds. ” The balance between Doncic’s indisputable attacking qualities and overall team effectiveness also worries the Slovenian: “I’m still learning. In the first two quarters I played pretty badly. It’s my fault but I’m trying to learn. When the season ends, any it will be the epilogue, we’ll look back and see where to improve. It’s my first time at the Conference Finals, I’m just 23, so I’m still learning. ”
The Mavericks fell 47-33 on rebounds and 18-4 on second chance points. Golden State has not only shot better, also producing 46 points against 34 in the painting, but has kept alive more possessions than the opponents, making the most of its physicality. For Doncic, the things to improve in view of game 4 are quite evident: “We have to go much better in rebounding. Be more physical. They do a lot of density in the area, forcing us to shoot from outside. Every time I attack the painted, I find a lot of players. to protect the area, so it’s very difficult. ” Shooting 13/45 from the arc makes it nearly impossible for Dallas to get over it. The Mavericks have paid their small quintet in terms of rebound presence but now it seems complicated to be able to reverse, even by making the necessary adjustments, the course of the series. The Warriors can close on the Italian night between Tuesday and Wednesday (duo at 3), also in Dallas.
May 23, 2022 (change May 23, 2022 | 12:50 pm)
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