For that first poster of the 2022 qualifiers between the Mavericks and the Jazz, the show wasn’t particularly there and it wasn’t always nice to watch. On the other hand, there was at least a suspense, with a meeting decided in money time.
Without reassuring, it was Utah who finally managed to win at Dallas ground (99-93), following 32 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists from Donovan Mitchell, as well as 26 points from Bojan Bogdanovic. Enough to resist the duo of Galen Bronson (24 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists) – Spencer Dinwiddie (22 points, 8 assists), who did everything in his power to make up for the absence of Luka Doncic.
Upon arrival, the Texans must already give up their home field advantage, and Game 2 is already of paramount importance to them. It remains to be seen whether the Slovenian “franchise player” will be able to take his place this time…
What to remember
– Donovan Mitchell’s Resounding Awakening. Composer of a disastrous first-half (2 points, 1/9 on shots), and with a consistently steady cadence, the back of the jazz featured brilliantly in the third quarter: 19 points, 7/13 shot! Finally inspiring and skillful in attack, while maintaining his usual aggressiveness, “Spida” gradually weaved his net around this game 1 and it was his entire team who benefited from it, since forever taking over. Without releasing them after that despite trying Count From the Mavericks in the last chapter.
– Dallas is very limited in the game. Without Luka Doncic, the Mavericks would clearly not be the same team and this Game 1 has proven just that. Outside of Spencer Dinwiddie and Jalen Brunson, the most capable player ever, no Texan player has been able to create something for the team, like great shooting positions. So it’s no coincidence that the MAF hit an ugly 38% in shots and if they have to rely on free throws (26/34) to capture possession in the fourth quarter – the weather.
– Utah scared again. Comfortably in the lead in the fourth quarter (+11, 86-75), the Jazz gave themselves some dread at the end, seeing the Mavericks back to -1, two minutes later. Because, as usual, the Salt Lake City franchise struggled to complete and complement its opponents, constantly sending them to the throwing line. But, this time, she was able to hold out not to leave a match within her reach. We will especially remember from this money time Royce O’Neill’s 3-point basket, 57 seconds left.
✅ Bojan Bogdanovic. If it was Donovan Mitchell’s awkward, prolonged awakening that allowed jazz to stand out after the break, we mustn’t forget the tremendous work Bogdanovich did in the first period. He composed 20 points (out of 26) in this single inning, thus carrying his team alone, when his teammates could not find fault in the attack, chaining bad decisions. As a good lieutenant, Croatian Mitchell left the spotlight after returning from the locker room, while Utah pulled out to validate 1-0 in the series.
✅ Defending Rudy Gobert. Yes, the absence of Luka Doncic helped make the Mavericks attack less dangerous than usual. But if the Texas franchise has struggled to be effective offensively, that’s also because Joubert is in the paint. He served very little of his teammates (only one shot was attempted, even missed, for only 5 points), however, the Frenchman made a construction site on the other side of the field. Get 17 massive rebounds (including 15 defensively) and also 3 saves in this segment. Like anything, you don’t always need baskets to have a positive effect…
✅ Bullock-Finney Smith duo. If they can’t get as many shooting positions as usual, due to Luka Doncic’s absence, the Mavericks’ two wings still do the job in attack. On the other hand, Reggie Bullock finished with 15 points and 6 rebounds on the clock, in addition to providing a good defense over Donovan Mitchell. On the other hand, Dorian Vinnie Smith added 14 points, 5 rebounds and 2 blocks in his role as a soldier and he’s playing superbly. A valuable contribution from them, along with Galen Bronson and Spencer Dinwiddy, were rarely empowered.
⛔ Josh Green. Not the best in aussie entry to play. Especially at the offensive level, where his 4 failed (open) attempts at 3 points injured the Mavericks, in the part where open shots were not uncommon. Without Luka Doncic, the The role of the players From Dallas he was more than expected and unfortunately Greene missed the day. dependent variance.
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