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Dallas Mavericks: 5 adjustments to expect in Game 3 vs. Clippers

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The Dallas Mavericks are in the driver’s seat in their first-round playoff series against the LA Clippers. They went to the Staples Center and won two straight games to quickly go from underdog to overwhelming favorite. The Clippers need to win Game 3 to get back in the series.

Luka Doncic has been the star of the show so far. He produced a 31-point triple-double in Game 1 to lift Dallas to a 113-103 victory. The 22-year-old superstar followed it with 39 points, including taking a few tricks from Mavericks GOAT Dirk Nowitzki to go up 2-0. LA has had no answers for Doncic.

The Clippers must make some changes if they are going to get back into the series. Mavs coach Rick Carlisle will not be sitting on his hands, though. Expect both teams to make adjustments in Game 3. Here are five potential ones that could decide the outcome.

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Adjustments to expect in Dallas Mavericks vs. LA Clippers Game 3

The first adjustment for both teams will be dealing with a rowdy crowd. Dallas is expecting to have 16,000-plus fans at the American Airlines Center on May 28. It will be the first time both teams have played in front of a crowd that size since the pandemic halted the NBA in March 2020. Whichever team responds best to the raucous Dallas crowd is likely to be the winner on Friday night.

Here are five on-court adjustments to expect as the Dallas Mavericks host the LA Clippers in Game 3.

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