Adjustment to expect in Game 3 of Dallas Mavericks vs. Clippers: 5. More physical
LA was the more physical team inside the bubble when they topped the Mavs in six games in the first round of the 2020 playoffs. Dallas has flipped the script through the first two games of this series. Gone are Montrezl Harrell and Lou Williams. Luka Doncic has played Ivica Zubac and Patrick Beverley off the floor. Marcus Morris Sr. has also been a non-factor for the Clippers in the first two games.
LA coach Tyronn Lue had this to say when asked about the best way to return the Mavs’ blows from the first two games.
"“Swing. You can’t hit back if you don’t swing. You got to be able to bring the physicality to the game. They have been the more physical team. I don’t why that is because we talk about that. If they are throwing a punch, you got to swing… We got to be more physical. We got to swing. We got to come out punching, come out with urgency. We can’t keep getting behind the eight-ball in the first quarter. We got to be better defensively to start the game. We are well aware of that. Now, we’ve got to go out and execute it.”"
The Clippers came out aggressive in Game 2 and attacked the rim in the first quarter. Dallas answered every shot, though. Expect LA to be looking to attack inside and play with more physicality on both ends of the floor on Friday night.
They have talked a ton about trying to raddle Luka in the series, but the Clippers have been unsuccessful so far. Perhaps, coach Lue goes to an exotic defense or sends double teams early. Fans can bet LA will be more physical in Game 3 but expect the Dallas Mavericks to punch right back.
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