Scouting report: Mavericks vs. Suns Game 3

Updated: May 27, 2006, 5:18 PM ET
By John Carroll | Scouts Inc.
Mavs Offense: The Mavs need to have a "selective pace" to their offensive game. They cannot get caught up into a uptempo game with the Suns. The Suns bait their opponents into a higher tempo than they are comfortable with but the Mavs attempted to keep it at their pace in Game 2. They were much more successful in the second half at finding the right pace. This will be a continual mental battle for them throughout the series and Avery Johnson must use his timeouts wisely when he sees the pace get too high.

John Carroll

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John Carroll joined Scouts Inc. after nine years as an NBA coach, including a seven-year tenure with the Boston Celtics that concluded with a four-month stint as interim head coach in 2003-04. Before joining the NBA, Carroll spent six years as head coach at Duquesne University and seven years at Seton Hall as an assistant to head coach P.J. Carlesimo.