The Dallas Mavericks used a late 13-3 run to finish off the LA Clippers and take Game 1 of their first-round playoff series on May 22. Superstar Luka Doncic finished with his third triple-double in his first seven NBA Playoff games to lead Dallas to the win. The Clippers blitzed him late, but the role players stepped up for the Mavs’ first Game 1 victory since the 2011 Western Conference Finals.
The series stays in Los Angeles for Game 2 on Tuesday evening. Both teams will be looking to make adjustments. The Clippers cannot afford to go into a two-game hole, especially after their collapse inside the bubble in 2020. It is a must-win for Kawhi Leonard and company to avoid the pressure of another playoff upset.
What adjustments will each coach make? Can the Clippers slow down Luka Doncic as they did in the second half of Game 1? How will the Mavericks counter? Let us take a closer at what adjustments to expect.
Adjustments fans should expect in Dallas Mavericks vs. LA Clippers Game 2
LA cannot blitz Luka Doncic for 48 straight minutes. The scrambling on defense will run the Clippers into the ground, especially if they stick with a nine-man rotation. They had some success with it, though. Coach Tyronn Lue and the Clippers want to get the ball out of Luka’s hands and force the rest of the Mavericks roster to defeat them. Expect LA to go back to blitzing and double-teaming frequently in the second half of Game 2.
Here are five adjustments fans should expect in Game 2 of Dallas Mavericks versus LA Clippers.
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