You have to believe that a few well-chosen words and encouragement from loved ones can be as effective as a good old video session. For Reggie Bullockcompletely missed his Game 5 in Phoenix (0/5 shooting for 0 point in 35 minutes), it was a phone call from his mother that boosted his morale and prompted him to attack Game 6 with the knife between the teeth.
“I just knew I had to bounce back. I talked to my mother and she gave me a lot of energy. The family gave me a lot of energy so I could keep taking shots. My mother has been a fighter and a winner all her life. She doesn’t back down, and I got that from my mom when it comes to basketball.”
Back to basics
His mother’s speech must have been motivating since Reggie Bullock delivered his best game of these playoffs, with 19 points at 7/15 in shooting including 5/11 from 3-pointers and 7 rebounds in the brilliant success of the Mavs in the Game 6 Thursday night (113-86).
“It’s just a lot of family support. You always have to have that. Loved ones are the ones that really matter, and they give me a lot of energy and I’m just going to play for them.”he added.
For Jason Kidd, Reggie Bullock’s non-match was nothing to worry about. The strategist simply felt that this kind of mishap can happen, highlighting the complicated performance of his team as a whole.
“It’s hard to score when you lose the ball. We lost 18 in Game 5. The guys didn’t have any chances in that game. When you lose the ball so many times against a really good team, the guys can’t shoot. We watched the ball in Game 6 (only six “turnovers”), and Reggie had great opportunities early on.”
A defensive mission to put your head back in place
To revive him, Jason Kidd, for his part, chose to entrust him with a big defensive mission. After all, when the ball doesn’t fit anymore, it’s also by defending hard that you get your head back.
“We asked Reggie to defend on everyone, and he rose to the challenge”he added. “I started playing him against Devin Booker just to see what would happen, just to make it harder for him. Booker is an incredible player. But Reggie did a good job.”
It was thus Devin Booker’s turn to experience a complicated evening in attack with 19 points at 6/17 in shooting, but above all eight lost balls! “Sometimes the shots don’t come in, but he’s a great shooter and a great defender. He helped us a lot tonight.”underlined Luka Doncic.
After this great success, the Mavs are ready to approach this Game 7 in the right way. In hostile terrain, the cohesion and unity of the group will be decisive if Dallas wants to achieve the feat. As was the case for Jalen Brunson or Dorian Finney-Smith before Reggie Bullock in this series, the salvation of the Texans will depend on the level of performance of an entire team.
“We have real dogs here. We have worked hard all season. I’m sure no one sees us winning Game 7, but we stay focused and keep working. We believe in our abilities on both sides of the court,” concluded Reggie Bullock.
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