Dallas Mavericks fall down 0-2 to Clippers in second round playoff sim

Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic Patrick Beverley (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic Patrick Beverley (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) /

The Dallas Mavericks faltered late and dropped game two to the LA Clippers in the Strat-O-Matic simulation of the Western Conference Semifinals.

The Dallas Mavericks were just a few days away from guaranteeing themselves a playoff spot when the season was halted. They had 40 wins and 10.5 game cushion on the ninth-seeded Blazers. The Mavs were so close to clinching that place and returning to the postseason for the first time since 2016.

Nobody expected play to be suspended. As we approached two months without games, still there is no definitive word on what happens next. The NBA is trying to find a way to finish the 2019-2020 season safely. Everyone is just waiting to hear what is next.

Strat-O-Matic decided to do a simulation for the remainder of the games as scheduled. The Mavericks finished seventh in the Western Conference. They upset the Denver Nuggets in the first round of the playoffs.

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Now, Dallas is matching up against the LA Clippers. The home team won game one in Los Angeles. Game two took place on May 6. Let us find out more.

Mavs falter late, fall down 0-2

The Dallas Mavericks started strong on Tuesday. They held a five-point lead at halftime. After a back-and-forth third quarter Dallas was still up by five. The Clippers dominated the fourth to pick up the 125-120 win in Los Angeles.

Luka Doncic was the Mavs leading scorer. He finished with 26 points, 11 rebounds, and seven assists, but struggled mightily with his shot. Doncic was just eight of 29 from the field.

Kristaps Porzingis chipped in 21 points and eight rebounds while only missing one field goal attempt.

Kawhi Leonard and Paul George carried the Clippers again. Both had north of 25 points and controlled the game when it mattered most.

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The virtual series shifts back to Dallas for game three on May 10. The Mavericks are in desperate need of a victory to remain in striking distance in the series. Stay tuned for more.