On May 16, 2022, the Maverick won the NBA Western Conference Semifinals on the road against the Suns, successfully meeting with the Warriors in the Western Conference Finals, which is also the Maverick back to the Western Conference Finals stage after 11 years.
Recently O’Neal said on an episode of TNT, “The Warriors let Doncic score high and then go 4-0 to eliminate the Mavericks.” O’Neal obviously has a point in saying this, and head coach Kerr will probably actually do it. Keep in mind that the Warriors are far better defenders from the outside than the Suns, with Thompson, Wiggins and veteran guard Igdala all being excellent outside defenders. Although they lost a defensive stalwart like Payton Jr, their outside defense is still among the top in the league. Therefore, O’Neal’s tactic of letting Doncic score high points alone and limiting the scoring of others is completely achievable.
For the Maverick, the Warriors lineup is clearly equipped to be more aggressive than the Suns, especially on the outside where the Warriors have the most aggressive firepower points in the league and the Maverick’s outside defense for two years against unprecedented pressure. Not blowing not black, the Maverick advantageous point only one Dongqiqi. And the Warriors in addition to the interior strength and the Maverick equivalent, any other position are ahead of the Maverick, this series, the Maverick will face a great challenge.
For the Warriors, the stability of the Splash Brothers and the play of Poole will be the key to the Warriors’ victory. Wiggins will have to bear more of the burden of the defensive end, whether the maximum limit of the play of Doncic, but also directly related to the play of Thompson. If Wiggins can’t defend Doncic, then Klay Thompson must be put into the defense, then it will inevitably consume Klay’s physical ability, which affects the offensive end of the play.
In summary, basically complete O’Neal’s point of view, but nothing is absolute, after all, in such a high level of competition, any mistakes as well as weaknesses will be caught by the opponent. You should know that the Maverick still has Kidd, a high-level head coach, not to mention that Kidd also milked a wave of Cole after the game, we’ll see what happens.