Adjustment to expect in Game 2 of Dallas Mavericks vs. Clippers: 5. Limit threes
The Mavs dominated the 3-point battle in Game 1. They were 17 of 36 from long range as everyone got hot and hit open shots. Dallas cannot expect to shoot 47.2 percent for the series, though.
The bigger surprise was the Clippers going 11 of 40 from 3-point range. They lead the league by shooting 41.1 percent from outside during the regular season. LA created 19 wide-open threes (defender at least six feet away), according to NBA Stats but hit just seven. They connected on 44.4 percent of their 15.7 attempts per game during the regular season. The Clippers got plenty of looks but failed to convert in Game 1.
Expect LA to make more shots in Game 2, but they want to allow the Mavericks to shoot less. Here is what coach Tyronn Lue had to say about Dallas’ shooting in his postgame press conference after the opener.
"“On their side of the basketball, just understand our coverages and what we are trying to do. When you take the ball out of Luka’s hands, they have great 3-pointer shooters. We’ve got to make sure we get out to those guys and make those guys put the ball on the floor.”"
The Mavs were two below their season average for 3-pointers in Game 1. Expect the Clippers to try to run Dallas’ role players off the 3-point line going forward. If they succeed, Tim Hardaway Jr., Dorian Finney-Smith, and Kristaps Porzingis will have to attack the basket and finish inside to keep the Dallas Mavericks offense rolling.
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