3 Studs, 2 duds from Mavericks' pivotal Game 3 win over Thunder

Dallas Mavericks, Luka Doncic
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2. Dud - Dante Exum

Although Exum only played six minutes in Game 3, he scored zero points on no shots with two rebounds. Exum has lost all confidence in his game, and what was formerly his strength during the regular season has turned into a weakness.

Exum shot 49.1 percent from downtown during the regular season, and all signs were pointing to him being an excellent playoff player. He was never afraid of the big moment, defended at a high level, and made those around him better. Exum also turned into the best shooter on the team off the catch, and his revolution as a shooter helped get him back to the NBA after playing overseas for several seasons.

His ability to play alongside Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving or lead the bench unit was excellent, and he was an all-around glue guy who impacted the game in a big way.

The playoffs have not gone as planned with him, and he seems to become more unplayable by the game. Exum is only averaging 7.0 minutes per game in this series after averaging 19.8 minutes per game in the regular season, and him shooting 20 percent from the field and 10 percent from downtown in the playoffs is inexcusable.

Exum hasn't even been able to make an impact during garbage time of wins, and you can tell that all of the confidence that he built during his excellent regular season is slowly creeping away.