Luka Doncic believes Mavericks still have a chance against Warriors

After winning Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals Tuesday night, the Dallas Mavericks are now 3-1 down to the Golden State Warriors.

USA About: Warriors Publish: 05/25/2022 Edit: 05/25/2022 Author: Gardener

Luka DoncicAfter winning Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals Tuesday night, the Dallas Mavericks are now 3-1 down to the Golden State Warriors. Toronto Raptors head coach Nick Nurse said so early in the 2022 NBA Playoffs when his Raptors team came down 3-0 in the first round against the Philadelphia 76ers. Even with Nurse and the Raptors eliminated from the playoffs, that mindset lives on in the Western Conference Finals as the Dallas Mavericks now trail the Golden State Warriors 3-1 after winning Game 4 on their home court. Luka Doncic and the Mavericks definitely face an uphill battle if they're to keep their hopes of reaching the NBA Finals alive, but Doncic remains optimistic and firmly believes that streak isn't quite over yet. No team in NBA history has ever come from a 3-0 deficit in the NBA playoffs. Could the Dallas Mavericks' No. 147 team find other luck? "I mean, I still think we can win, you know," Doncic said after Game 4 on Tuesday night. No matter how many we win. Going down in series and being under pressure in the playoffs is nothing new for the Mavericks, as they drew 2-2 with the Utah Jazz in their first-round series and even went 2-2 in the Western Conference Semifinals : 0 behind the Phoenix Suns. A 3-0 deficit is a different story altogether, but the Mavericks played well in Game 4, shooting 20:43 (46.5%) from three-point range and passing the Warriors for the first time in the series. With 30 points, 14 rebounds, 9 assists, 2 steals and 2 blocks in Game 4, Luka Doncic has continued to make a huge impression for the Dallas Mavericks, and with contributions from everyone around him, the Mavericks have some confidence going into the game 5 on the street Thursday. "Everyone in this locker room feels like we can play more basketball," said Mavs forward Dorian Finney-Smith. "We just wanted to win by any means necessary." The Golden State Warriors are a championship-level team, but they've had their own flaws in recent postseasons. In 2016, they became the first team in NBA history to lose from a 3-1 lead in the NBA Finals, and are now 3-1 ahead of the Dallas Mavericks. Given their intermittent offensive struggles and turning the ball around, the Warriors can be vulnerable, which could play right into the hands of the Dallas Mavericks, a premier defensive team in this league. Should they be able to win Game 5 against the Warriors, that series will suddenly drop 3-2 in Golden State's favor with Game 6 being played in Dallas, a prime opportunity for the Mavs to potentially equalize that series and a cheat to force Game 7. Whether or not that Game 4 win was just a "last try" by the Mavericks will be seen when Game 5 is played Thursday night in San Francisco. * Complete 2022 NBA Playoff Schedule, Results, Seasons, TV, Scoring: Fastbreak on FanNation updates the results and schedule for every 2022 NBA Playoff game. * 3 things we learned from Game 4 of the Warriors-Mavericks Western Conference Finals on Tuesday: The Dallas Mavericks defeated the Golden State Warriors 119-109 in Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals on Sunday to keep their streak alive, though the Warriors still lead at 3-1.

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