3 Studs, 2 duds from Mavericks' dreadful Game 2 loss to Celtics

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4. Dud - Dante Exum

Dante Exum has been unplayable for nearly the entire playoffs, and some of his struggles continued into Game 2. Jason Kidd decides to run with Exum for a couple of minutes almost every game even with his struggles, and he has to be a little better if Kidd is going to play him.

In Game 2, Exum finished with three points, one rebound, and one assist while shooting 1-1 from the field. Exum obviously only played 11 minutes, but his lack of confidence has turned him into a nonthreat on offense. He went from one of the best shooters on the team to someone who teams have dared to shoot at times, and it has been one of the craziest falloff stories in these playoffs.

There have been times when Exum has shown flashes that he can be a difference-maker in his minutes, but it has been rare in the postseason. He was one of the best role players on the team during the regular season and had a great stretch as a starter, but it may be time for Kidd to bench him completely.

This has been crushing for Mavs fans, as he was a fan favorite for most of the regular season, and it's crazy to think that he went from hitting huge shots in the clutch to being someone who Kidd can't rely on at all.

Exum's one three he made was timely and he played some good defense, but it still wasn't enough.