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Dallas Mavericks: Can they stop Ivica Zubac in the playoffs?

Dallas Mavericks Ivica Zubac Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Dallas Mavericks Ivica Zubac Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
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Dallas Mavericks Ivica Zubac Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

What are the Dallas Mavericks options to neutralize Ivica Zubac?

The Mavericks need to box out and keep Zubac off the glass, but it will be no easy task. Zubac has done well against Kristaps Porzingis on the boards leaving coach Rick Carlisle with a difficult decision to make.

The Mavs finished the regular season with KP starting at the four next to Dwight Powell. Will they stay with a bigger lineup against the Clippers? LA is going to open the game with four perimeter-oriented options and Zubac. Having Powell and Porzingis on the floor could help Dallas on the glass, but will make it difficult to match up on the defensive end of the floor.

The Mavericks could shift Maxi Kleber or Josh Richardson into the starting five. Coach Carlisle has options, but none is the perfect solution against the Clippers.

The Dallas Mavericks have struggled against big men all season. Can they slow down Ivica Zubac in the playoffs? It will be one of the most interesting and important matchups of the series. Dallas cannot allow the LA Clippers to get extra possessions and convert easy buckets.

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