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Dallas Mavericks: 5 adjustments to expect in Game 4 vs. Clippers

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

Adjustment to expect in Game 4 of Dallas Mavericks vs. Clippers: 4. Limit 3-pointers

LA led the league by shooting 41.1 percent on their threes during the regular season. They have done well putting plenty of shot-makers around their two superstars. The Clippers are 26 of 64 from long range in the last two after a disappointing Game 1.

LA is going to make shots, but the Mavericks cannot afford to have defensive breakdowns. Kawhi Leonard made all four of his field goals in the opening quarter before Dorian Finney-Smith loses him for a wide-open 3-pointer.

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Reggie Jackson had 15 points, including hitting three 3-pointers in Game 3. Here he is left wide open after running a pick and roll Ivica Zubac. The Mavs switch, but Willie Cauley-Stein sinks into the paint and leaves Jackson free to fire.

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Dallas is not going to slow down Kawhi Leonard and Paul George. They need to focus on limiting the Clippers’ role players. Let PG-13 and the Klaw go for 65 points again. If the Dallas Mavericks limit the others, including running them off the 3-point line and forcing each player to take tough contested looks, they will walk away with the win.

Next: No. 3

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