Dallas Mavericks: 5 takeaways from Game 5 loss to the LA Clippers

Tyler Watts
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Dallas Mavericks takeaway from Game 5 loss to Clippers: 2. THJ feeling it

Tim Hardaway Jr. was the player of the game for the Mavs. He finished with 19 points and three assists in 25 minutes of action. THJ was seven of 14 from the field and three of seven on his threes.

That continues a trend for the 28-year-old. He is averaging 19.4 points on 45.0 percent shooting from the field and 39.5 percent on his 3-point attempts through five games in this series. Hardaway Jr. is a key reason why Dallas has two wins over the Clippers.

THJ played poorly in his two previous playoff appearances. He took a massive step forward with the Mavs this season. Hardaway Jr. has proved he can be an efficient and effective scorer. He is an underrated defender too.

Tim Hardaway Jr. has a player option for next season. The Mavericks are unlikely to sign him to a long-term deal as they hope to preserve cap space for the summer of 2021. Will THJ opt-in to remain in Dallas? Or does he chase a long-term contract on the open market? The Mavs would love to have him back, but it will be something to watch after NBA Disney.

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