GAME 3: GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS (2-0) at DALLAS MAVERICKS (0-2)
Time: 8 p.m., Sunday.
Place: American Airlines Center, Dallas.
Radio: The Eagle 97.1 FM; Univision Zona MX 99.1 FM (Spanish)
About the Warriors: They took care of business at home with a couple of wins to open the series, including Friday’s 126-117 show of resolve when they overcame a 19-point second-quarter deficit. The Warriors outscored the Mavericks 78-50 after falling behind 67-48 . . . Said coach Steve Kerr about the Warriors being up 2-0: ” The bad news is that the Warriors are riding an NBA record of 25 consecutive playoff series with at least one road win. If that streak continues, it means the Mavericks cannot lose another road game in this series if they expect to advance to the NBA finals for the third time in franchise history. While the Warriors are 8-0 at home in these playoffs, they actually are only 2-3 on the road . . . The Warriors have gotten terrific contributions from an assortment of players in the first two games. Center Kevon Looney had a career-best 21 points to go with 12 rebounds in Game 2, while backup guard Jordan Poole came off the bench to score 23 points and dish out five assists. In fact, the Warriors’ ball movement has been impeccable with five players collecting five assists in Game 2 and another giving out four helpers . . . Steph Curry warmed up in Game 2, also, with 32 points after hitting 6-of-10 3-pointers. Andrew Wiggins had 16 points and Otto Porter Jr. 15 . . . About the only player who hasn’t had a big game for the Warriors is Draymond Green, who spent Game 2 in foul trouble and finished with just six points, six rebounds and five assists in 28 minutes . . . Mostly because of injuries, the Warriors missed the playoffs the last two seasons. Before that, they reached the NBA finals five consecutive seasons, giving many of their veterans a major experience advantage in this series . . . Andrew Wiggins (ankle) was a late addition on the Warriors’ injury report on Saturday, but Kerr said it was nothing to be concerned about.
About the Mavericks: They know the critical nature of Game 3 when you’re down 2-0 in a series. No team in NBA history has rallied from a 3-0 deficit to win a series . . . Of course, they were down 2-0 to Phoenix in the second round, then proceeded to win four of five games and the series . . . After scoring 40 points in the second quarter of Game 2, they only mustered 45 after halftime, getting run down in a hurry by the Warriors like they were standing still . . . They now return home, where they have won five consecutive playoff games after dropping Game 1 to Utah in the first round more than a month ago . . . Luka Dončić bounced back from his worst game of the playoffs in Game 1 with 42 points, eight assists, five rebounds, three steals and just two turnovers in Game 2. He’s been sensational in home games in the playoffs, averaging 29.5 points, 11 rebounds and 8.3 assists per game. They have not lost a home playoff game in which Luka has played . . . They got an interesting impact in Game 2 from Davis Bertans, who only played seven minutes but had six points, two rebounds and a steal and the Mavericks were plus-seven when he was on the floor. He also got tangled up in the corner after his 3-pointer with Golden State’s Damion Lee early in the second quarter. Both players got called for technical fouls. That came with the Mavericks rolling, but it seemed to light a fire under the Warriors . . . The Mavericks used Saturday as a rest/travel day back from San Francisco and will have a shootaround Sunday morning.