The alley-oop served the Blazers well in Game 1. Six were executed -- five finished by LaMarcus Aldridge -- in helping Portland to a46-18 advantage in points in the paint. That's 57 percent of Portland's offense coming in the paint. That's way too much and the success rate of the alley-oop, in particular, disturbed the Mavs.
"There’s ways we can defend it," said Mavs center Tyson Chandler, who is charged with guarding Aldridge. “A lot of times we were caught off guard on it. A lot of it was personnel switching. [We’ve] got to do a better job of keeping me connected to them. Other than that, we played great defense. We made the work hard for every shot. Those are easy looks that we’ve got to take away.”
The Blazers were the No. 1 alley-oop team in the league and Aldridge was the NBA's top alley-ooper.
Portland coach Nate McMillan said if the Mavs try to take away the lob pass so be it. In that case, other options should become available.
"The lob play is basically executing," McMillan said. “If the defense takes away one thing, you have something else. It’s just like a back door. If the defense denies, then you go back door. If they’re taking away the lob, then we should have a direct entry. So it’s a matter of executing your offense, not so much setting them up. If the defense is playing you one way, you go the other."