Dallas Mavericks must make the Clippers pay for going small to win Game 5
LA coach Tyronn Lue shifted to playing primarily small ball after the Mavs went on an 8-0 run to start Game 3. Dallas continues to play two big men, but the Clippers won the battle on the boards in each of the last two games. They outrebounded the Mavericks by 12 in the Game 4 blowout. LA has ten blocks to Dallas’ three in the last two games as well.
The Mavs must make the Clippers pay for going small. Kristaps Porzingis is 7’3 and Maxi Kleber has played 32-plus minutes in every game in the series. Dallas needs to use that size advantage to clean up on the boards. Winning the rebounds battle is a key to taking the pivotal Game 5.
Luka Doncic and the Mavericks need to attack the rim more on Tuesday night. They attempted just 17 shots in the restricted area and connected on just 52.9 percent of those in Game 4. Dallas has hit 63.9 percent of those shots in the series. Luka’s ability to get inside and finish is key to a Mavs win in Game 5.
The Dallas Mavericks must make the LA Clippers pay for going small, but that is not the only thing that needs to happen for them to grab a victory on June 2.
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