Thing that propelled Dallas Mavericks to go up 2-0 over Clippers: 3. Exploiting mismatches
The Mavs have found and taken full advantage of mismatches in the series. In Game 1, Luka Doncic bullied Patrick Beverley in the post and forced Ivica Zubac to switch onto him. The 22-year-old superstar played both men off the floor virtually by himself, but he was not done there. The Clippers tried to double-team Luka late in the series opener, but he found open teammates to lift the Mavericks to the victory.
LA switched less in Game 2. They started the game with Paul George on Doncic, but Kawhi Leonard got plenty of opportunities. The Mavericks superstar took advantage anytime the defense broke down. He took Ivica Zubac to school for a mid-range jumper here.https://videos.nba.com/nba/pbp/media/2021/05/25/0042000172/413/725b5b21-df75-a069-0c87-e828dedd9c34_1280x720.mp4
It was not just Zubac, though. Anytime the Clippers went with Nicolas Batum, Patrick Beverley, Rajon Rondo, or Marcus Morris Sr. on Doncic, the 22-year-old went to work.
Luka was not the only one exploiting mismatches. Kristaps Porzingis had 20 points in Game 2. He attacked anytime the Clippers switched a small player onto him. See the Unicorn nail a jumper over Patrick Beverley here.https://videos.nba.com/nba/pbp/media/2021/05/25/0042000172/272/53e80295-48a4-5079-2114-0052cf5ce15d_1280x720.mp4
The Dallas Mavericks need to keep exploiting mismatches in this series. The LA Clippers love to switch on defense and appear committed to playing small. Dallas must take advantage of mismatches if they are going to finish off the upset.
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