Clipper won the game 3, scoring points 118-108. Dallas Mavericks took control of the game in the first 8 minutes leading by 19 with their fans inside the arena for the first time in 14 months, their first playoff game in 5 years. It looked like the Dallas would get a blow-out win and took 3-0 to lead in the series. But the Los Angeles Clippers had other thing in their mind to save their season and be in the series. Once Luka went to the bench the Clippers made a 20-0 run and made a game on. Luka is special as always but Rondo and Kawhi took over this game. Clippers played better defense and got easy baskets when they needed most.
Terrance Mann is so underrated and most people didn’t notice how good and fierce player he is. Coach Lue got to give him a little bit more minutes to play and score. During the game, Luka is somehow rattled every time he guarded him. Luka is undeniably a great scorer and so quick with or without the ball and with a great basketball IQ too. But the coach got to let him play every time George and Leonard rest if they want to win the series.
Also, Reggie Jackson and Morris they finally showed up in the big stage. Kawhi and PG need their supporting cast to perform every night. They really can change the whole game for them. Mann and Rondo were the key to the series because they set the tempo and bring the energy for the Los Angeles Clippers if they want to be in the series.
For the Dallas, Porzingis evaporated like water. I think he is the little version of that one big man who does absolutely nothing right that a big man does but throws threes everywhere.
Clippers finally realized that the Mavericks can’t stop nobody in the point. Luka Doncic tried his guts out to keep pace with not much help it seemed, whereas the clippers were just a rolling team juggernaut with Kawhi and George stamping their authority down the stretch. So, silky, composed and good team work. Porzingis really effect up Luka’s big night.
If coach Lue just starts Rondo they won’t be digging themselves into an early hole and having to fight back. Also keep attacking the paint. The Mavericks have no answer at the rim. Limiting Hardaway’s scoring and you got a better chance of withstanding Luka’s production. This was a must win by the Clippers which they did and next game as well.