NBA Finals 2011: Dallas Mavericks Must Stay out of Foul Trouble Going Forward
Early Fouls On Nowitzki And Chandler Could Hurt Mavs In 2011 NBA Finals
As well as the Mavericks have played on offense through the early portion of Game 6, they need to keep the defensive pressure on Miami. Although the Mavs have done well to force five early turnovers, they need to keep their key players on the floor if they want that defense to stay at a high level of intensity.
Two first-quarter fouls on both Tyson Chandler and Dirk Nowitzki could put that plan in jeopardy. If either player misses significant minutes due to foul trouble, the Mavs lead could evaporate in a hurry.
Additional Nowitzki fouls would be easier to deal with, as Dirk could be switched onto Joel Anthony to keep his scoring on the floor. If Chandler picks up a third or fourth foul quickly, though, Dallas’ interior defense would take a severe hit.
Dallas isn’t likely to keep shooting 60 percent from the floor (they’re at 59.3 early in the second quarter). When their offense comes back down to earth, they’ll need all their defensive weapons to help them weather the inevitable Miami comeback effort.
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