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Mavericks vs. Jazz: Dallas Overview resolves Utah's woeful defense in Game Three.

Mavericks vs. Jazz: Dallas Overview resolves Utah’s woeful defense in Game Three.

In the middle of the third quarter on Thursday evening, Galen Bronson He drove to the basket, moved away from the defense and threw a pass to the back Spencer Dinwiddy on the ocean. With only a few seconds remaining on the shot clock, Dinwiddie had to make a quick decision. thanks for the Donovan MitchellHe didn’t have to think seriously.

Mitchell came to Dinwiddie, and took two big steps as if he was about to launch himself into the air to intercept a shot. Dinwiddie saw it coming and didn’t bother looking over the edge. Instead, he immediately put the ball on the deck and bypassed the completely unbalanced Mitchell to shoot the ball with ease.

Nobody keeps track of bad shutdowns, but if anyone wants to make a mix on YouTube, you can start with this effort by Mitchell, which was one of the worst you’ll see in a playoff. Moments like this were very common with Mitchell and Co. , Like Dallas Mavericks sculpted Utah Jazz Perimeter defense en route to a 126-118 game 3 win, 2-1 series advantage.

There are some games where you need to rewatch and dive deep to really understand and explain what was happening on the field. Other times, the procedure is played so simple and straightforward that there is nothing to do but wrap the tape. Game 3 falls into the latter category.

So, let’s just do that. Now, for your enjoyment or your disgust depending on which team you’re supporting, Jazz tries to survive against the Mavericks on the ocean. (For the sake of time and bandwidth, this is by no means exhaustive, but you’ll get the point.)

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First Quarter

7:51: Bronson called the screen to get Mitchell to operate the switch, and rocked it in a spinning motion for an easy bucket.

7:22: Bojan Bogdanovic With Bronson in semi-transitional. Bronson retreats from the iso and dodges right in front of him without making a move.

3:52: Dorian Finney Smith Sets the screen, then pops up to the top of the switch. Jordan Clarkson Everything turns and completely loses Finney-Smith for easy reversing and dipping.

1:34: Danwell House Jr.. He gets caught overplaying Brunson, who cuts through the backdoor and collapses defenses, opening a wide 3-pointer for Josh Green.

Second Quarter

10:00: Dinwiddie calls the screen to get Clarkson on the switch, and resizes it to drive, so Gobert comes all the way to the middle of the free-throw line to try to bend it, leaving the green wide open for 3. There wasn’t even a hit here, But Joubert predicted that one was coming which was good enough for the Mavericks.

7:39: Bronson calls out the screen to insert Clarkson on the switch and traverses it straight to the edge with nothing more than a stutter step.

7:14: Bronson uses another screen to turn Bogdanovic on the switch this time. He backs off and then dodges him at the hard end.

5:18: Mike Conley He tries to pick Dinwiddie early, so Dinwiddie posts things up and easily goes bye-bye to earn a trip to the free throw line.

2:02: Dinwiddie organizes another screen to get Clarkson on the switch, swiping it up to get to the paint wide open 3 for Reggie Bullock.

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Third quarter

10:05: Bronson asked for a high screen to try and run Mitchell, but that’s not necessary because O’Neill only showed him a path to the track for one person.

8:26: The Jazz refused to catch Dinwiddie in a semi-transition, so he got a power head Rudy Gobert on a poster.

3:36: O’Neal does well and fights to prevent the switch, but that doesn’t matter because Bronson puts him in the mixer.

3:06: Bronson tries to get Mitchell back into the switch, but the Jazz miscommunicate which leaves Davis Bertans Wide open for practice 3.

1:03: Bogdanovic is already on Bronson so he doesn’t need a screen. He just softly dodges, directs his defense and creates an easy throw for Green.

Fourth quarter

6:18: After the Jazz cut it to one, the Mavericks put the ball in Dinwiddie’s hands and put up a screen so he could go to Mitchell. One simple move to dribble is to throw the ball with ease.

5:55: Next time, same thing. Mitchell just picked a Dinwiddie this time, and the Mavericks keeper passes right through him to throw the ball.

4:35: Conley tries to get to Bronson over the three-point streak, but the pressure doesn’t matter. Bronson went left like no one was there and ended up at the ledge.

1:56: Another high screen featuring Clarkson, and once again Dinwiddy cooks him up to get into the paint. The defense collapses and drains the three Vinnie-Smith to push the lead into double digits.

No tricks, no surprises. The Mavericks simply dared the Jazz to stay ahead of them on the ocean, and they couldn’t do so until they lost. If jazz doesn’t put it together, the same will happen on Saturday in Game 4.

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“I don’t think it’s a physical thing—I can guard, Royce can guard,” Mike Conley She said. “We have to get back to moving our feet and staying in front of our man…there is no magic scheme.”