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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

Luka Doncic must go off for Dallas Mavericks to win Game 5 over Clippers

Luka Doncic almost single-handedly kept the Mavs in the first three games with otherworldly performances. He did not get enough help in Game 3, but the 22-year-old averaged 38.0 points, 8.7 rebounds, and 9.0 assists a night through the first three. He was slowed significantly by a neck injury in Game 4. The Mavericks are hoping two days off before Game 5 give him enough time to get back near full strength.

Dallas needs Doncic to put up massive numbers to pull the upset. The Clippers are going to come out on Wednesday night looking to deliver the knockout blow. Luka must keep the Mavs in the game with his scoring and playmaking chops.

The 22-year-old superstar’s ability to hunt mismatches and bend the defense is key for Dallas. They need him forcing the Clippers into mistakes to give the Mavericks a chance.

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Luka Doncic shines when the lights are brightest. Expect a monster performance in Game 5 as the Dallas Mavericks look to regain control of the series. Do not miss a second of the action on June 2, and check back to The Smoking Cuban for plenty more after the game.