GAME NIGHT: Golden State Warriors vs Dallas Mavericks Game 2
When: 9:00 PM ET, Friday, May 20, 2022
Where: Chase Center, San Francisco, California
The Golden State Warriors will try to reach a high-paying NBA milestone and take a commanding lead in the Western Conference finals when hosting Game 2 against the Dallas Mavericks on Friday night.
With their 112-87 ramp over the Mavericks in the best-of-seven opener on Wednesday, the Warriors went into one of only five franchises in NBA history to record 200 post-season wins. The Los Angeles Lakers, Boston Celtics, Philadelphia 76ers and San Antonio Spurs are currently the only members of the exclusive 200 club.
On the way to their seventh consecutive home win this post-season, the Warriors dominated the Mavericks in almost every case of Game 1, outscores their overall 56.1 percent to 36.0 percent and 34.5 percent to 22.9 percent on 3-pointers. They also surpassed the Mavs 51-35.
Andrew Wiggins was the defensive leader through his efforts on Mavericks star Luka Donsick, limiting him to a post-season-low of 20 points in a 6-for-18 shooting. But Warriors coach Steve Kerr doesn’t necessarily expect the same to happen.
“She’s OK,” Kerr said. “We did a great job defensively in one game, but we’re not under any illusions that we’ve got anything out of it. There’s a good chance that those shots will start in the next game, so we just have to be committed and aggressive and play with strength.” And see what happens. ”
The Warriors advanced in the second half, but most of them pointed to the impact of the first 12 minutes of the game. The Mavericks took 19 3-pointers on a 7-game winning streak in Phoenix on Sunday and made just three of them, trailing 28-18.
“There were a lot of great looks that didn’t come down. It happened. It’s basketball,” said Mavericks coach Jason Kidd. “Hopefully we get the same look in Game 2.”
Jalen Brunson made none of his five 3-point attempts that night. Davis Bartons went 4 for 0, and Reggie Bullock made seven mistakes in his 10 attempts.
But in post-game analysis most of the focus was on Wiggins.
“I have to get better. It’s up to me,” said Donsick, whose previous low was 24 in the first round of Game 6 against the Utah Jazz this post season. “They did a great job. As a leader, I have to be better for the whole group.”
While the results may not be the same, Wiggins promises that his efforts will return to Game 2.
“I’m still young. I’m not really tired,” Wiggins said. “I’m locked in. I’m inspired, and when you see it work or I think it’s helping us play better, it inspires me to do more.”
No coach has talked much about changing a match in the series. The Warriors have won the last 13 series where they took Game 1 and will stick to what they did to try to keep that streak alive.
Donsick, meanwhile, hopes the Mavericks have learned a lesson after rallying to defeat Phoenix: digging a 2-0 hole is not ideal.
“Game 2 was similar to Game 1 (in the Phoenix series), so we have to learn from it and we have to come out and play harder and play better,” he said. “We’re going to believe. So confidence is the same. It’s hard to win every match, so you’re going to lose something. But confidence remains the same.”
Stats and Records
|5/18/22||DAL 87||GS 112||87||35||36.0||112||51||56.1|
|Golden State||S. Curry||21||43.8||4|
|Golden State||S. Curry||12||2||10|
|Golden State||S. Curry||4|
|Golden State||S. Curry||2045||44.2||354|
|Golden State||K. Looney||698||240||458|
|Golden State||S. Curry||480|