Takeaway from Dallas Mavericks win over Clippers: 1. Just enough help
The Mavs were struggling to knock down shots coming into Tuesday’s game. They were shooting just 34.3 percent from 3-point range as a team with Dorian Finney-Smith, Reggie Bullock, Maxi Kleber, and Tim Hardaway Jr. all making under 33.4 percent. It was a worrying trend that the Clippers attempted to exploit in the second half.
LA was comfortable doubling Doncic and letting Doe-Doe and Bullock wide open. The duo needed to step up and make shots. They did not in the third quarter, but the Mavericks wings turned things around in the fourth.
Dorian Finney-Smith had 21 points on seven made 3-pointers to go with three rebounds and three steals on Tuesday night. Bullock scored all 13 of his points in the final period, including making four 3-pointers to help Dallas to the narrow victory.
Tuesday’s game came down to shot-making. The Clippers shot 53.1 percent from the field, but Dallas took 43 3-pointers and made 17 to secure the win. Teams are going to force the ball out of Luka’s hands, especially late in games, and the role players must step up. They did just enough on Nov. 15 to help the Mavericks secure a key victory over the LA Clippers.
The Dallas Mavericks get zero time to rest as the Houston Rockets visit the American Airlines Center on Wednesday night. Can Luka Doncic and company make it three straight wins? Tune in to find out.