The Dallas Mavericks were knocked out in the first round of the playoffs by the LA Clippers in each of the last two years, which brought a bit of spice to the preseason game on Oct. 8. Yes, LA was without Kawhi Leonard, Nicolas Batum, Serge Ibaka, Ivica Zubac, and Marcus Morris Sr., but Mavs star Luka Doncic wanted to put on a show against the Clippers.
The Mavericks rested Maxi Kleber, Reggie Bullock, and Jalen Brunson in their second preseason game, and they only played starters Luka, Kristaps Porzingis, Dorian Finney-Smith, and Tim Hardaway Jr. in the first half as the team is ramping up slowly for the regular season.
Dallas led by four at halftime before falling behind in the third quarter. It was positive to see the young players fight back in the fourth quarter in what turned into a wild game. The Mavericks picked up 122-114 win, but fans should be looking for takeaways that will translate over to the regular season. Here are five from Friday night.
Takeaways from the Dallas Mavericks preseason win over Clippers
It was the first preseason action for Dwight Powell, Dorian Finney-Smith, Frank Ntilikina, and Trey Burke after those four were rested in the opener. Burke was the team’s backup point guard versus the Clippers, and he played well as he fights to stay on the roster. The six-foot guard had nine points, five assists, and two steals in 15 minutes of action.
Eugene Omoruyi was impressive versus LA. He led the Mavericks with 19 points in 22 minutes on Friday night as the two-way contract player put on a show. Texas Legends fans should be excited to see what he can do in Frisco this season.
Here are five things that stood out in the Dallas Mavericks' second preseason game against the LA Clippers on Oct. 8.