Jason Kidd says the Mavericks need players other than Luke Doncic to climb the Dallas in a 2-0 hole against the Phoenix Suns.

PHOENIX – Dallas Mavericks coach Jason Kidd has delivered the same message after both games so far in the Western Conference semifinals: Luke Doncic needs more help against the Phoenix Suns who have the highest seed.

Dallas also thwarted another disappointing Doncic performance in Game 2 on Wednesday, when they scored 35 points in a 13-22 shot in a 129-109 defeat as the Suns took a 2-0 lead. The Sun repeatedly watched Doncic defend himself while burning Mavs for 71 points in the second half.

“He had a good game, but no one showed it,” Kidd said. “We need to get some good guys to shoot the ball. We can’t win him alone scoring 30 every night – not this time of year. And we’re playing the best team in the league, so we have to get more guys.”

Kidd also said the Mavs needed to make more money from defenders Jalen Brunson and Spencer Dinwiddie, who added just 41 points in a 32.6% shot in two losses at the Footprint Center. It is in stark contrast to Brunson’s previous series, which featured his first win over Utah Jazz, scoring 27.8 points on a six-game series.

Chris Paul and Devin Booker, guards of the Suns’ All-Star, ruled Wednesday night among other things in the continuous hunt for Doncic. This was especially true in the second half, when Booker scored 21 of 30 points and Paul scored 20 of his 28.

“A tough fight to defend,” Booker said of Doncic, “but he has to be a little more careful.”

According to Second Spectrum, Doncic was the defender in 19 football games in the second half, the third highest in his career. The Suns scored 1.81 points per point on those points. This is one of the best ways to be successful with one investor who has participated in at least 15 directly in the last three years.

“I have to play good defense,” Doncic said. “That’s right.”

The Sun shot the game in the first five minutes of the fourth quarter, extending their lead from six to 15 when Paul took over the game, exploding 14 points and two assists during that time. Paul used Doncic in changing layups and jumper-ups, as well as getting Cameron Johnson for a 3-pointer, choosing 21-7 runs.

“We need to do a better job of helping him,” Kidd said of Doncic of the Suns. “They’re bringing him into everything. We knew he was coming on the list. We knew the list was over. We did a good job of protecting each other, not just Luke. One for Game 3 back home.”

It was a disappointing act of Booker, Paul and the Suns. Phoenix set a franchise game record by shooting 64.5% off the ground, plus 84.2% in the fourth quarter. The sun had a 75.7% real shot. According to a survey by ESPN Stats & Information, which ranks second overall in the final game, it is just following the LA Clippers ’77.8% off the 5 games that won the Mavericks in the first 2020 tournament.

Paul, who also had eight assistants, was very professional. He went 11-of-16 off the ground, including 9-of-10 in the second half. Booker went 11-of-19 from the bottom and 5-of-8 from the 3-point range, with all 3 of his coming half time.

“When you look at CP and Book, they exchanged,” Kidd said. “One took the third part, the other took the fourth part, and we had no answers. … They got the shot they wanted. “We have to be better.”

The Mavs, who are playing in the second round for the first time since the 2011 franchise race, are looking for answers as they fly home to Dallas on Thursday.

“Many players, it’s the first time this has happened,” Doncic said. “We believe, sir. He should win four, so it’s not over yet.”


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