Dallas Mavericks: Player grades in the first-round series vs. LA Clippers
The Dallas Mavericks made the playoffs for the first time since 2016. They faced the title-favorite LA Clippers in the first round. Luka Doncic and the Mavs won two games. They fought hard, but could not pull the upset.
The series had plenty of memorable moments. It was the first time in the NBA postseason for so many Mavericks. Luka playing through a sprained ankle to drop a 43-point triple-double and sink the game-winning buzzer-beater was unforgettable. It was a series and a season of growth for the Mavs.
With Dallas eliminated, let us take a look back at how each player performed and hand out some grades for the Mavs in the 2020 playoffs.
Player grades for the Dallas Mavericks in the first-round series vs. LA Clippers
14 Mavs played over the six games against the Clippers. They ranged from Doncic earning 215 minutes to J.J. Barea seeing just five. The grades will be based on contributions, expectations, and impact made on the court. There will be an explanation under each player with the mark.
Remember, this is only the beginning for Dallas. Mavericks superstar Luka Doncic is 21 years old. His running mate Kristaps Porzingis is 25. The Mavs plan on jumping into title contention over the next two years. Finding role players that step up in the playoffs will be a key piece of that.
With that said, here are the Dallas Mavericks player grades for their first-round playoff series against the LA Clippers.