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Dallas Mavericks: What to watch for in Mavs vs. Clippers Game 4

Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports /

The Dallas Mavericks will be looking to bounce back after dropping Game 3 to the LA Clippers. Superstar Luka Doncic went off 44 points, but it was not enough as Kawhi Leonard and Paul George combined for 65 to lift the Clippers to their first win in the series.

The American Airlines Center will have another rowdy and electrifying crowd on Sunday night for Game 4. It is a pivotal contest. The Mavs could go up 3-1 and put the Clippers on the brink of elimination or the series could shift back to Los Angeles all square at two games apiece. Expect both teams to be at the top of their games on May 30.

Here is a closer look at how and what to watch for in Game 4 between the Mavs and Clippers.

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Dallas Mavericks vs. LA Clippers Game 4: How to watch

Start time: 8:30 p.m. CT or 9:30 p.m. ET

How to watch: TNT (national), Bally Sports Southwest (Dallas market), Bally Sports SoCal (Clippers market)

Watch online: TNT Online, Bally Sports app (both local market)

Dallas Mavericks vs. LA Clippers Game 4 injury updates

The Mavs listed Luka Doncic as questionable with a cervical strain on the NBA’s official injury report. Fans saw him grimacing during Game 3 and getting some work done while resting on the bench. Expect the 22-year-old superstar to play in Game 4. Maxi Kleber is listed as probable and will once again be called on to defend Kawhi Leonard. J.J. Redick remains out for the Mavericks.

Serge Ibaka is listed as questionable with back spasms. Coach Tyronn Lue noted that the big man was back in Los Angeles during his press conference on May 29, so it appears unlikely he will suit up.

Be sure to check Twitter for all the latest, including status updates on Luka as tipoff approaches.

Dallas Mavericks vs. LA Clippers Game 4 storyline to watch: Helping Luka

Luka Doncic went for 44 points, nine rebounds, and nine assists on 15 of 28 shooting from the field in Game 3, and Dallas lost by ten points. The Mavericks need to stiffen up their defense and provide support for their 22-year-old superstar to get back in the win column on Sunday night.

Dallas won their first two games with Kristaps Porzingis and Tim Hardaway Jr. stepping up to assist Luka. KP was three of ten from the field and scored nine points in Game 3. Hardaway Jr. had 12 on four of 14 shooting. The Mavs need both players to be better on May 30.

Dallas must find a way to slow down the Clippers too. LA scored 121 and 118 in the last two games. The Mavs must up the defense and get stops to walk away with the Game 4 victory in front of their home crowd of over 17,000.

Fans will not want to miss a second of the action as the Dallas Mavericks look to take a commanding lead in the series. The crowd will be heavily in their favor. Expect another monster performance from Luka Doncic on Sunday night. Do not miss it.

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