How did the Clippers slow down Mavericks star Luka Doncic late in Game 1?
LA started the game with Patrick Beverley on Doncic and Ivica Zubac at the five. Luka bullied Pat Bev in the post and was hunting Zubac on switches early. His 21-point first half with Dallas up five forced Clippers head coach Tyronn Lue to adjust. LA abandoned the switch and sent two to Luka when he went into the pick and roll.
The constant pressure forced him to give the ball up or take difficult shots. Luka worked his way into a few looks, but nothing was falling. The 22-year-old did not get frustrated or try to force things. He kept his composure and led his team to victory. Doncic had just two second-half turnovers, despite the Clippers throwing the kitchen sink at him.
He was not scoring, but Luka can beat a team in so many ways. Here he takes on the double team and dumps to Kristaps Porzingis for a wide-open dunk.https://videos.nba.com/nba/pbp/media/2021/05/22/0042000171/548/ea6b5c3d-3fcd-a208-8461-6220c4a7ec38_1280x720.mp4
The LA Clippers have to make a decision. Are they going to force the ball out of Doncic’s hands or do they try to limit his playmaking? LA wants to make the Mavericks’ role players defeat them. It did not work in Game 1, but the Mavericks shoot 47.2 percent from 3-point range.
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