NBA Playoff Preview Guide Warriors vs. Mavericks: Deep dive into a series between two opposing philosophies

These two groups can no longer be separated from each other.

We all know what the Golden State Warriors bring to the table aggressively. Their egalitarian speed is widely predicted in the offensive force and player movements. They don’t just have a guy who runs the crime and monopolizes it exclusively; They have multiple playmakers who take turns making shots for each other and for themselves.

Stephen Curry can handle the ball, pass and make his own shots. Jordan Poole can handle the ball, pass and make his own shots. Klay Thompson can make his own shots (but not highly recommended). Dreammond can handle and pass the green ball (but he can’t make his own shots).

You rarely see players standing still with no ball in their hands and waiting for their turn. They create opportunities for themselves. They move, cut, set the screen, run around the screen, and create all sorts of chaos to deal with defenses. They create advantages both on and off the ball.

The Warriors bank their offensive skills in playmaking from several points on the floor. Green is the biggest “delay” major, who decides from the point of wide advantage at the top of the pressure. He can be fed the ball on a low or high post and running between cutters, movers and shooters.

What if it doesn’t work? Feed it curry or pool, set a pick and create an advantage through the classical approach to a high ball-screen with a spread floor – even if the Warriors initially prefer not to attack that way.

Opponents of the Warriors’ Western Conference final, on the other hand, symbolize spread pick-and-roll – and the face of such an aggressive philosophy is Luka Donsich.

Donsich, simply put, is a genius of a generation. He is the center of Sun-centric crime in the Dallas Mavericks. Because of his respect for Donsick’s supporting cast – who complement his skills to perfection – Mavericks will simply stop working without him.

Donsich on 26-9-9 46/35/74 regular season shooting split, 57.1% True shooting mark. These numbers are more or less what you would expect from a player of his caliber. But when it comes to playoffs, Donsich moves to a completely different stratosphere.

A 32-10-7 statline. Shooting of 47/35/77 split. A 58.7% true shooting mark. And more than just numbers, there is a tendency to improve under pressure and to show up whenever its presence is most needed.

Donsich played the highest usage rate in the league during the regular season (37.4%). On the floor with him, the Mavericks equaled the league’s 2nd-best offense (115.7 ORTG). Without him, their offense equals 20th – a significant drop-off.

Despite the fact that the team is primarily donis-centric, the Mavericks have some secondary ball-handlers, playmakers, and scorers who have played the role of burden-relievers quite well. Jalen Brunson is a dynamic backcourt partner in the starting lineup who can create his own shots. Spencer Dinuidi has been the primary ball-handler off the bench whenever Doncich has sat down and rested.

As expected by a team that runs a heavy dose of high ball screens, the Mavericks run every conceivable set that takes advantage of a scattered floor. The “Spain” pick-and-roll – where a back-screener provides a fancy element in the traditional version – is a preferred half-court set.

The “exit” screens around the corners provide a second-sided element that, if the Warriors don’t pay enough attention, can open corners passes that aren’t capable of creating dungeons – and where floor-spacing threats like reggae, Davis Bartans, Maxi Kleber And Dorian Finney-Smith could improve.