Scouting Report: Mavericks vs. Suns

Updated: June 1, 2006, 7:49 PM ET
By John Carroll | Scouts Inc.
Mavs Offense: The Mavs are human and it showed in Game 4. They played right into the Suns' hands. They did not have the discipline or sharpness necessary to beat the Suns on the road. At times they had a look of panic and were never very comfortable with their offensive flow.

The Mavs need Dirk Nowitzki to come back in Game 5 with a high-level performance. Nowitzki helps settle Dallas into its half-court game. The Mavs know they can run middle pick-and-rolls or isolations for him and he can slow the pace of the game and get quality shots for them.

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.