Adjustment to expect in Game 3 of Dallas Mavericks vs. Clippers: 4. Limit threes
The Clippers are not stopping Luka Doncic. He carved them up for six straight games inside the bubble during last year’s playoffs. The 22-year-old averaged 30.3 points and 11.0 assists on 47.8 percent shooting during the three regular-season meetings before destroying LA for two straight in the playoffs. The Clippers have no answers for Luka, so they must pivot to stopping the Mavs role players.
Dallas shot 47.2 percent on 36 3-pointers in Game 1 before making 52.9 percent of 34 triples in Game 2. Doncic is ten of 24 in the first two games. The rest of the Mavs are making the Clippers pay too. Tim Hardaway Jr. is 11 of 17 from 3-point range so far. Dorian Finney-Smith hit five triples in Game 1. It was Kristaps Porzingis and Maxi Kleber who stepped up in Game 2.
The Clippers have to run the Mavs off the 3-point line and force tougher shots for their role players. Dallas has taken 26 wide-open threes in the first two games combined, according to NBA Stats. They put up another 35 open triples. Luka is picking them apart with his scoring and playmaking. The Clippers must limit one of those things to get back in the series.
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