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

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

Dallas Mavericks must shoot better to win Game 5 over the LA Clippers

The Mavs were five of 30 on their 3-pointers in Game 4 as they scored just 81 points. They have taken over 30 threes in each of the four games. Dallas needs to shoot well to have a chance. The Mavericks hit 35 of their 70 triples in their two wins or 50.0 percent. Hitting long-range shots alone won’t do it. They were 20 of 39 in Game 3 but lost thanks to shooting just 44.2 percent from the field.

The Mavs need Dorian Finney-Smith, Maxi Kleber, Jalen Brunson, and Josh Richardson to offer something on the offensive end of the floor. All four players have struggled to defend in the series, so they must hit open triples and be threats.

Dallas’s offense looked tentative and failed to hit shots in Game 4. Part of it was Luka Doncic being slowed by a neck injury. The Mavericks need to bounce back and score 115-plus on Wednesday night. Their path to victory is winning a shootout. That means the role players must sink open shots and keep the offense rolling in Game 5.

Dallas will also need two key players to step up.

Next: No. 2

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