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Mavericks: 5 things that must happen for Dallas to win Game 5 vs. Clippers

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Dallas Mavericks must limit Clippers role players to win Game 5

Kawhi Leonard is averaging 33.0 points on 62.7 percent shooting from the field through the first four games of this series. Paul George is putting up 25.0 a night on 50.0 percent. Yes, the Mavs could switch up the matchups, but they started with their two best options on the Clippers’ star duo. They are not stopping them.

What the Mavericks have to do is limit their shooters. Reggie Jackson had 31 points and hit seven 3-pointers in the two wins in Dallas. Marcus Morris Sr. chipped in a key 15 points in Game 3, including three triples. The Mavs cannot allow any open triples on Wednesday night.

Rajon Rondo and Nicolas Batum have added some important playmaking and floor spacing over the last two games. Dallas has to do a better job at limiting their impact in Game 5.

The Mavs must take the Clippers’ role players out of the game. Let Kawhi and PG-13 go off. Dallas won Game 1 by ten as they limited LA to 11 of 40 shooting from 3-point range. Since they are 39 of 97 or 40.2 percent. Yes, LA was the best 3-point shooting team in the NBA during the regular season, but the Mavericks cannot allow them to shoot 40 percent from deep if they want to win Game 5.

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