The Dallas Mavericks are back in the playoffs for the second straight year and a rematch against the LA Clippers awaits in the first round. LA tanked their way into the matchup by losing the final two regular-season games. Now, Luka Doncic and the Mavs must make them pay.
The Clippers won the bubble series, but a lot has changed since the matchup. Jalen Brunson and Dwight Powell did not play during the restart with injuries. Dallas swapped Seth Curry for Josh Richardson in the offseason and added J.J. Redick and Nicolo Melli at the deadline. The Clippers lost Montrezl Harrell and Lou Williams but added Rajon Rondo, Serge Ibaka, DeMarcus Cousins, and Nicolas Batum. Do not expect the fresh faces to put a damper on the rivalry.
There are a plethora of questions heading into the series on both sides. Here is a closer look at the biggest ones on the eve of the matchup.
Biggest questions heading into Dallas Mavericks vs. LA Clippers series
There are questions big and small about the series. Will Rajon Rondo burn his old friend Rick Carlisle? The Mavs have struggled against Ivica Zubac. Can they control the big man on the glass? Will Tim Hardaway Jr. continue his hot streak? What starting lineup does coach Carlisle use in the series? How much will Josh Richardson play following his late-season demotion to the bench? The questions and storylines are bountiful.
Here are the five biggest questions before the Dallas Mavericks and LA Clippers tip-off their first-round playoff series in 2021.
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