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Dallas Mavericks: One thing to know about each Clippers player

Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
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Dallas Mavericks Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Thing to know about Serge Ibaka before Dallas Mavericks vs. LA Clippers series

2021 per game stats: 11.1 points, 6.7 rebounds, 1.8 assists

The Clippers signed Serge Ibaka in the offseason to see if he and Kawhi Leonard could duplicate the success they had in Toronto. Ibaka missed 30 games with a pinched nerve in his back but played in LA’s final two regular-season games. Ibaka should fill a pivotal role for the Clippers in the playoffs. His shot-blocking and ability to space the floor on offense could prove massive.

Thing to know about Rajon Rondo before Dallas Mavericks vs. LA Clippers series

2021 per game stats: 5.4 points, 2.4 rebounds, 4.4 assists

Acquired at the trade deadline for Lou Williams, Rajon Rondo was brought to the Clippers to run their offense and win a championship. Fans can throw his regular-season stats out the window because Rondo seems to up his game come playoff time. In the offseason, there were reports that Kawhi wanted a point guard, and the Clippers got him one of the smartest in the NBA by adding the two-time NBA champion.

Thing to know about Reggie Jackson before Dallas Mavericks vs. LA Clippers series

2021 per game stats: 10.7 points, 2.9 rebounds, 3.1 assists

Over the last two months of the regular season, Reggie Jackson played his best basketball since joining the Clippers. Not only has he been scoring the ball well, but his playmaking has also improved. Over the last 25 games, he averaged 14.0 points and 3.4 assists per game. Jackson’s play to end the season should increase his role in the playoffs.

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