Scouting report: Mavericks vs. Suns Game 4

Updated: May 30, 2006, 6:08 PM ET
By John Carroll | Scouts Inc.
Mavs Offense: The biggest key to the Dallas offense is that it has been able to find the correct pace for it to win. The Mavs rebound, look up and run selectively when they have an advantage on the break. If they do not have numbers they slow it down and get into half-court sets. Occasionally when they run and take quick shots, Avery Johnson will call a timeout, refocus his team and get them back on track.

Low turnovers! In each game of this series, the Mavs have lowered their turnovers. In Game 3 they were mentally sharp and only had six turnovers. In fact, they did not have a turnover in the last 17 minutes of the game. This is playoff execution and why the Mavs find themselves up 2-1.

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.