Dallas Mavericks will keep scoring against Clippers with or without Luka Doncic
Dallas Mavericks know what the LA Clippers are going to do on defense
It starts with understanding what LA is going to throw at them. They love to switch. Since Montrezl Harrell returned, the Clippers have been playing with one big man (Harrell or Ivica Zubac) and four guards/wings. That allows them the freedom to flip the matchups at will.
Luka Doncic was exploiting it beautifully in the first two games. He would draw the matchup he wanted and get an easy bucket for the Mavericks.
The Clippers decided to switch it up for game three by being more physical and brining help when Luka got in the paint. They did it when Doncic was out too. The Mavs made them pay with an open 3-pointer here.https://videos.nba.com/nba/pbp/media/2020/08/21/0041900153/472/570e3382-2ee5-8f25-4d4d-9bd0517fb6ee_1280x720.mp4
LA crashing into the paint gives Dallas open looks on the perimeter. The Mavericks will take them. 3-point shooting has been a key component of their offense all season. It will continue to be in this series.
The Clippers also want to keep Harrell and Zubac off Kristaps Porzingis. They are hiding those two players on Dorian Finney-Smith or Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. Dallas wants to get the LA big men involved in the pick and roll. That means a center on a guard after a switch and an easy bucket.https://videos.nba.com/nba/pbp/media/2020/08/21/0041900153/660/fdfd705d-f041-121f-c86d-e4a4bf0db055_1280x720.mp4
Kristaps Porzingis should also continue feasting on the Clippers with or without Luka Doncic.
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