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Dallas Mavericks: 4 things to clean up after Game 1 win vs. Clippers

Dallas Mavericks Kristaps Porzingis Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports
Dallas Mavericks Kristaps Porzingis Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports
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The Dallas Mavericks took Game 1 of their first-round playoff series against the LA Clippers 113-103 on May 22. Luka Doncic led the way with a 31-point triple-double, but it took a fantastic team effort to win. Dorian Finney-Smith, Jalen Brunson, and Tim Hardaway Jr. all stepped up with key performances to help Dallas grab the early edge in the series.

The Mavs were outstanding in Game 1. They made 17 of 36 3-pointers as they took advantage of the Clippers double-teaming Doncic. Dallas shot 50.0 percent from the field, and they need it to get the early advantage.

It was not a perfect performance from the Mavericks, though. They won Game 1 of a playoff series for the first time since 2011, but Dallas should still be looking to make adjustments heading into Game 2. Here are four things they need to clean up to pull the upset in the series.

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What Dallas Mavericks need to clean up after Game 1 win over Clippers

The Mavs are going to need Doncic to continue being special to pull the upset. His brief NBA Playoff career suggests he will deliver. Luka had his fourth 30-plus point game and third triple-double in his first seven postseason appearances. The Clippers sold out to stop him in the fourth quarter, but everyone else stepped up to secure the victory. Dallas’ role players must produce if LA overcommits on Doncic.

Here are four things the Dallas Mavericks need to clean up following their Game 1 win over the LA Clippers.

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