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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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Thing Dallas Mavericks need to clean up after Game 1 win: 3. Open threes

There was a massive 3-point disparity in Game 1. The Mavericks went 17 of 36 from long range where the Clippers finished 11 of 40. It was a flip of the regular season. LA shot 41.1 percent during the regular season, which was the best mark in the NBA where the Mavs were 18th. The Clippers are not going to shoot 27.5 percent from 3-point range in the series, and Dallas cannot keep hitting 47.2 percent.

Clippers coach Tyronn Lue talked about the quality of shots the Clippers got during his postgame press conference. They missed plenty of open looks like this one on Saturday afternoon.

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Reggie Jackson just missed the shot, but it was far from an isolated incident. It was an off night for the Clippers from long range.

The Dallas Mavericks must limit open triples going forward because LA will make them pay if they are given space to shoot. Paul George was two of eight from 3-point range in Game 1. Will his playoff struggles continue in 2021? Kawhi Leonard, Reggie Jackson, and Marcus Morris Sr. finished a combined one for 15 from three. It will be interesting to see if the Mavs make a defensive adjustment going into Game 2.

Next: No. 2

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