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Mavericks: 5 things that must happen to finish the upset of the Clippers

Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic Tim Hardaway Jr. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic Tim Hardaway Jr. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
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Dallas Mavericks, Luka Doncic
Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

The Dallas Mavericks can eliminate the LA Clippers with a win in Game 6 of their first-round playoff series on June 4. Luka Doncic has been incredible so far, including a 42-point masterpiece in Game 5 to put Dallas up 3-2. Can the Mavs finish off the Clippers and get revenge after being eliminated by LA during last year’s playoffs?

Expect Kawhi Leonard and Paul George to be outstanding in Game 6 as the Clippers look for their third straight road victory. Leonard’s first subpar game coupled with a few costly late turnovers sunk LA’s comeback in Game 5. The Clippers must win two straight to advance and knockout Dallas for the second straight year. It will be no easy task given how Luka is playing.

If the Mavs want to finish off the Clippers at the American Airlines Center on June 4, they will need a total team effort. Here is a closer look at how Dallas can make it happen.

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What must happen for the Dallas Mavericks to win Game 6 over the LA Clippers

Clippers coach Tyronn Lue shortened his rotation to eight players in the last two games. Expect him to stick with that formula. Terrance Mann has been disruptive off the bench. Dallas must limit Reggie Jackson, Marcus Morris Sr., Nicolas Batum, Rajon Rondo, and Mann in Game 6. Kawhi and PG-13 are going to score. The Mavs slowing the role players will make it hard for LA to win on Friday night.

The Dallas Mavericks can defeat the LA Clippers on June 4 and advance to the second round. Here are five things that must happen to make it a reality.

Next: No. 5

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