The Dallas Mavericks were riding high after going to Los Angeles and winning the first two games of their first-round series over the LA Clippers. It seemed like Dallas would cruise into the second round, but Kawhi Leonard and company had other ideas. They came to Texas and took both games at the American Airlines Center to knot the series and regain homecourt advantage.
The Clippers blew out the Mavs in Game 4. Superstar Luka Doncic is dealing with a neck injury and struggled for the first time in the series. Dallas had a poor shooting night and were dominated on their home floor by the favored Clippers.
Some fans and experts are giving LA the series, but things are tied at two games apiece as the Mavericks head back to Los Angeles for Game 5. They could swing things back in their favor, but it will take some adjustments. Here is a look at five things that must happen for Dallas to win on June 2.
What must happen for the Dallas Mavericks to win Game 5 over LA Clippers?
The Clippers have swayed the series by going small, attacking the rim, and improving their defensive intensity. Kawhi Leonard and Paul George have been unstoppable, but the role players stepping up has allowed LA to win two straight. Reggie Jackson, Nicolas Batum, Rajon Rondo, Terrance Mann, and Marcus Morris Sr. all played key roles in Dallas.
The Dallas Mavericks’ clearest path to victory in Game 5 is outscoring the Clippers. Here are five things that must happen for the Mavs to win on Tuesday night in Los Angeles.
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