Thing to know about Nicolas Batum before Dallas Mavericks vs. LA Clippers series
2021 per game stats: 8.1 points, 4.7 rebounds, 2.2 assists
Nicolas Batum has had a rocky five years. He saw his production drop every year during his time with Charlotte. He reached a career-low last season when he averaged 3.6 points a game.
Many considered him to be on his way out of the league, but Batum has looked like a player who is ready to contribute to a championship team since joining the Clippers as a free agent before the season. Batum has increased his field goal percentage from 34.6 to 46.4, and his 3-point percentage from 28.6 to 40.4. His versatility could be massive for LA against the Dallas Mavericks.
Thing to know about Luke Kennard before Dallas Mavericks vs. LA Clippers series
2021 per game stats: 8.3 points, 2.6 rebounds, 1.7 assists
The Clippers traded for Luke Kennard in the offseason with hopes that he could provide more shooting. Kennard was second on the team shooting 44.6 percent from three, but his play during the season was wildly inconsistent. Head coach Ty Lue will have a difficult decision on what to do with Kennard in the rotation.
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