Looks like the fun is over for the Dallas Mavericks while it last. Everybody was hated on Clippers jokes and they became an internet sensational meme whenever they lost the game. But this Clippers team is different from last season when they surrendered a 3-1 lead to the Denver Nuggets team in the bubble. It definitely pretty much looked like the same Clippers team when they fell 0-2 to Dallas and people were pouring all kinds of hate. But Thanks to coach Lue who unleashed the lineup which completely flipped the series and they are even 2-2 with a 106-81 win over the Mavericks in the first round of the playoffs. The Mavericks simply had no answer for Clippers star Kawhi Leonard and Paul George as the series headed back to Los Angeles for a Critical game 5 on Wednesday.
Everybody is talking about how Luca Doncic has been cooking the Clippers but in reality, Kawhi has been beasting throughout the series while playing great on both ends. Kawhi has just been unstoppable on both ends of the floor with his offense and of course his fingerprint Defense. He has been the most efficient player in the playoffs. In his last two games he made 77% of his field goal attempts and over 60% of his 3pt attempts. This is just beyond normal at this level. Kawhi and PG13 have been dominating this series just like how Luca Doncic did in Game 1 and 2. Kawhi scored a game high 29 points on 11-15 shooting with 10 rebounds while George chipped in 20 points. Kawhi is averaging 33 points per game on 74% true shooting percentage this series. Take away Game 1 and its 35.3 PPG on 84% true shooting. Absolutely unreal. The Mavericks cannot always have the insane shooting percentage of the first two games, Now it is back to reality which means they have to improve their roster a lot. Clippers finally got their defense sorted ageing Luca.
This series certainly looks over for the Mavericks as they have been exposed. Tim Hardaway Jr. Is playing like trash. They aren’t even scoring 3’s like the first two games. Luca now has an injury. The Mavs can’t even protect the rim, not even shoot the free throws. Porzingis needs to step up and stop being so soft. M. Kelber 32 min. 0-3 FG , 0-3 3pt , THJ 25 min. 1-8 FG , 0-4 3 pt , K. Porzingis 28 min. 0-2 3pt , 5 Reb and Luca 36 min. 9-24 FG , 1-7 3pt , 0-5 FT pretty much tells the whole story of the game. Something wasn’t right with the Mavericks tonight because Luca didn’t drive into the paint and kick for clean shots and the whole team crumbled. The Clippers did expose Dallas these two games. Their game relies too much on Luca and the Clippers started to figure out how to guard him or stop him to create. Porzingis needs to get involved more in the offense as much as Luca but he became a second tier player. The Dallas coaching staff really blew it. Dallas needs to look for another scorer if Luca cannot score. Luca has been shooting 40% from the free throw line and he’s the worst in the entire playoffs and by the way their defense is just horrendous throughout this series.
Clippers with the momentum and confidence now, these two games proved that Clippers are just a better team while Dallas winning the 1st two games on the road was just pure luck because they shot the lights off. In 6 or 7 it doesn’t even matter, the Clippers seem to advance to the next round.