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

Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports
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Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

Adjustment to expect in Game 3 of Dallas Mavericks vs. Clippers: 3. Clippers go small

Coach Tyronn Lue has opted for the Clippers to finish each of the first two games of the series with a small-ball lineup. They are using Rajon Rondo, Patrick Beverley, Nicolas Batum, Reggie Jackson, and Marcus Morris Sr. to flank their two stars. Ivica Zubac and Serge Ibaka played a combined 28 minutes in Game 2.

Coach Lue got a lift from Terrance Mann, and he could play more minutes on Friday night.

LA has had their most success going small. Expect them to limit the minutes of Zubac and Ibaka on May 28 as they attempt to downsize. The Clippers will switch everything on defense and try to get out in transition more to change the tempo of the game.

Going small will give the Mavericks a massive advantage on the offensive end. Kristaps Porzingis will be at least seven inches taller than anyone else on the floor. The Unicorn must take advantage whenever the Clippers go small. He needs to rebound and be aggressive moving forward.

Coach Tyronn Lue and his team are still searching for the matchup to exploit. Expect him to go small as he tries to change the series.

Next: No. 2

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