Dallas Mavericks: 3 key matchups in LA Clippers series

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Key matchup in Dallas Mavericks vs. LA Clippers series: 1. Luka vs. Morris Sr.

There will be no more talked about matchup than Luka Doncic versus Marcus Morris Sr. The Clippers used the 6’9 forward to frustrate the 22-year-old superstar in the 2020 playoffs. The Clippers split the assignment relatively evenly between Kawhi Leonard, Paul George, and Morris Sr. It was the latter that did the best job slowing Luka down statistically.

Doncic is ready for the rematch and plenty of trash talk. He had this to say about facing Morris Sr. again in the playoffs following the Mavericks regular-season finale.

"“It’s going to be okay. He’s a hell of a player, hell of a defender. Trash talk is always there. If it’s not, you are not really competing, so it’s going to be great.”"

Luka averaged 31.0 points, 9.8 rebounds, and 8.7 assists per game in the 2020 playoffs. He shot 50.0 percent from the field on 21.3 attempts per game. The Mavericks superstar was unstoppable. They will need him playing his best to pull the upset in 2021. That will mean dominating the matchup against Marcus Morris Sr. and making the Clippers pay at every turn.

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Dallas Mavericks fans should be excited. The team is back in the playoffs for the second straight year and facing a familiar foe. Dallas is the underdog, but Luka Doncic has no plans of losing to the LA Clippers again. Expect a wild and entertaining series. Do not miss it.