Adjustment to expect in Game 2 of Dallas Mavericks vs. Clippers: 3. Clips attack
The Clippers took just 18 shots in the restricted area in Game 1 against the Mavs. That was the third-fewest of any of the 16 playoff teams in their opener. They settled for 40 threes and 26 other field goals. Clippers coach Tyronn Lue was not happy and had this to say in his press conference on May 24.
"“This team puts you in tough positions because they have a five and a four-man that stretch the floor. We got to do a better job just attacking the paint, attacking the basket, getting downhill. Making those guys commit and then, spraying out for threes. Then, attacking again.”"
Kawhi Leonard and Paul George had not played in a game in nine days. Perhaps, the Clippers were rusty after sitting their key rotation players in the final two regular-season games. Coach Lue is looking for improved shot selection in Game 2, including plenty of attacking the rim.
The Mavericks want to keep Leonard and George out of the paint. They are looking to force tough shots and make LA’s role players beat them. Dallas did a fantastic job making life difficult on both players in the series opener. They need a repeat in Game 2 to pick up a second victory.
Expect more Rajon Rondo for the Clippers as he looks to improve their shot selection and get the team attacking the paint on Tuesday evening.
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