Dallas Mavericks must slow down Kawhi Leonard late to win Game 7 over Clippers
LA played well, but Kawhi Leonard single-handedly put the Mavs away in Game 6. He had eight points in the final five minutes to seal it. Leonard went for 45 on 18 of 25 shooting on Friday night. He has been unstoppable for the entire series. The Clippers will need a monster performance from the Klaw to top the Mavs in Game 7.
Dorian Finney-Smith will likely be tasked with guarding Kawhi, and Dallas cannot have a repeat of Game 6. Doe-Doe needs to create a few turnovers and keep Kawhi from heating up late for the Dallas Mavericks to advance.
It will be interesting to see if the Mavs switch up the game plan on Leonard. Nearly all of the Clippers scoring has come for Kawhi, Paul George, and Reggie Jackson in the series. Does Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle attempt to scheme the ball out of Leonard’s hands in the decisive Game 7? Dallas needs to find a way to slow him down if they want to win on June 6.
The Mavs are never out of the woods against Kawhi because he can heat up at a moment’s notice. They must keep multiple eyes on him at all times. Keeping Kawhi Leonard in check is a key to a Dallas victory.
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