Adjustment to expect in Game 2 of Dallas Mavericks vs. Clippers: 2. Get KP more involved
The Mavs want Kristaps Porzingis to be more involved in Game 2, but perhaps not in the way fans think. The Unicorn struggled mightily in the opener. He finished with just 14 points and four rebounds in 36 minutes of action. KP was four of 13 from the field and one of five on his threes. The 7’3 big man showed signs of life in the fourth quarter with six points and two boards, including this clutch dunk to seal the victory.
The Mavericks need more offense from Porzingis if they are going to win the series, but controlling the paint is even more important. If LA goes small for the majority of the game, KP will be the tallest player on the floor by eight inches. Dallas needs him grabbing every rebound and controlling the glass.
The Clippers want to attack the rim more in Game 2. Porzingis was an elite rim protector last season, but those numbers dropped off considerably in 2021. Can he find his footing controlling the rim in this series? Coach Rick Carlisle will give him every opportunity to do so.
The Dallas Mavericks need bubble Kristaps Porzingis to pull the upset in this series. He had a rough Game 1, but the best is still yet to come from the Unicorn.
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