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Suns vs. Mavericks: Everything you need to know about NBA playoff series Game 7

Mavericks, Doncic Must Keep Attacking Paint In Game 7 vs. Suns

Suns And Mavs Latest Injury Reports For Game 7





Storyline: The Suns and Mavericks are on two different trajectories entering Game 7. Phoenix has everything to lose whereas Dallas has momentum coming off their 27-point blowout home win on Thursday. It was a reversal of fortune for the Suns after they beat the Mavericks at home by 30 points in Game 5 two days prior.

The defending Western Conference champion Suns posted its franchise-best 64 regular season wins, which includes their three-game sweep of Dallas before the playoffs, and the coveted No. 1 overall seed with home-court advantage.

The Mavericks have more to gain as the undersized, underdog fourth seed who started the series down 0-2 and redeemed themselves in their three home wins in Games 3, 4, and 6, and have pushed the decisive Game 7.

This will be the Suns' second game facing elimination under Monty Williams since their Game 6 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks in the finals last year.

The Mavericks have been attacking Chris Paul, face-guarding him full court and seemingly tiring him out. That's caused the Suns halfcourt offense to speed up and take them out of their rhythm. But Devin Booker needs to get back in the rhythm after Game 6, in which he committed a team-high eight turnovers with his 19 points on 6-of-17 FG. That was Booker's second-worst offensive outing in the West semifinals since he shelled out 18 points on 6-of-13 FG in Game 3. Booker claimed he's "excited" for his first career Game 7, and the pressure is on like the Dallas defense for the MVP-caliber All-Star to deliver a stellar 30-point performance like he did in Game 2 (five 3s), willing this team to face Golden State in the West finals starting Wednesday. It's at home in front of the fans who he's been dedicated to throughout his seven-year career.

As for Mavericks point guard Jalen Brunson, Booker has been assigned to stopping him as Paul is at the top of the perimeter facing Doncic as Dallas' primary ballhandler. Similar to Doncic, Brunson is a slick one-on-one player who effectively uses his stop-and-go jab steps then turbos off the dribble, and gets inside on bigger defenders with his pump fakes to draw fouls to get to the free throw line. He's posting 17.8 points per game, and is a solid defender helping trap and forcing Booker into double teams on drives as he tries to dribble towards his 15- to- 18-foot pull-up sweet spot.

Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks experienced success attacking the paint in Game 6. Doing so will be pivotal in Game 7.

The Dallas Mavericks bounced back in a major way in Game 6 after being contained to an abysmal outing by the Phoenix Suns in the game prior. With a Western Conference Finals appearance on the line, how each team approaches Game 7 will be pivotal.

The outcomes for the two teams were almost pure opposites in Game 5 and Game 6. The Mavericks couldn't score, turned it over a lot, and couldn't get stops back in Phoenix. Then it was the Suns that experienced the same in Game 6 playing in Dallas with the chance to put the Mavericks away.

There were a few apparent keys to the Mavericks' Game 6 success. Keeping turnovers at a minimum with just six was critical to limit the number of easy scoring chances for the Suns. Another key? Getting into the paint to exploit advantages.

"I think we played great. I think we missed some layups, especially me – I missed some too," Luka Doncic said after Game 6. "But no turnovers and attacking the paint is the key to the game, and that’s what we did today.”

When the Mavericks experienced their third-quarter collapse in Game 5, a big reason was their inability to get to the rim within the half-court. Doncic had to work hard for tough shots and the offense got stagnant.

The Mavericks experienced a lot of success as Game 6 developed with Doncic attacking the rim. In the early goings, he had some point-blank opportunities at the rim that didn't fall. With Dwight Powell at the five, it's simpler for the Suns to keep Ayton more in a position to impact the paint.

Powell did create a few advantageous situations for Doncic by screening the big defender after Doncic had turned the corner to get downhill — also known as the Gortat. Continuing to get creative to make the on-ball defender work while neutralizing the shot blocker is always helpful.

"I thought he was aggressive and attacking the rim," Mavericks coach Jason Kidd said about Doncic's Game 6 performance. "He wasn't waiting. You can tell he had some great looks that just didn't fall for him. But I thought the biggest thing is his maturity; he was maybe frustrated but he didn't let it get to him.

"He continued to execute and attack. And then when he drew a crowd, he got off of it and the guys knocked down shots."

Using a traditional high ball screen from Powell will likely result in Doncic needing to be aggressive looking to score. The Suns do not want to send help off the corners if they don't need to and with Bridges and Ayton involved in the play, they likely feel they shouldn't have to either. These are situations for a floater instead of scanning for passing chances.

One of the factors in Doncic's success getting to the rim was Ayton having to respect the floor spacing of Maxi Kleber when he played the five spot — creating opportunities for Doncic to do what he does best.

The Phoenix Suns and Dallas Mavericks are facing off for Game 7 of their second-round playoff series on Sunday night in Arizona, and for the game the two teams have updated their injury reports as of 1:30 Eastern Time.

The game will be broadcast on ESPN beginning at 6:30 p.m. Arizona time.

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The Suns will be without Dario Saric and the Mavs will be without Tim Hardaway Jr.

Neither player has played in the series, so the two teams remain with a clean injury report for the game so far.

The winner of the series will advance to the Western Conference to face off with the Golden State Warriors.

The Warriors beat the Memphis Grizzlies in Game 6 of their second-round playoff series, so they have just been waiting to see who will win this series.

The Suns are the first seed, so if they move on they will have home-court advantage in the next round.

However, the Warriros are the third seed, while the Mavs are the fourth seed, so the Warriors would have home-court advantage over the Mavs in the next round.