The LA Clippers arrived in Dallas 0-2 in the series, with their futures full of uncertainty. But they left with home advantage and momentum thanks to Kawhi Leonard and Paul George for the relentless play they imagined when joining forces.
for two consecutive games Leonard and George beat Luka. Doncic and Dallas Mavericks combined scored 45 points in the first three quarters to help the Clippers. There was even a preliminary semifinal in this Western Conference series 2-2 with a 106-81 defeat on Sunday at the American Airlines Center.
The Mavericks were unable to include Leonard for a third game in a row as the All-Star striker scored 11 of 15 shots and scored 29 points, 10 rebounds and George scored 13 of 20 points in the second quarter when. The Clippers led 48-29 with 6:58 left before halftime.
“I think we both made a great complement to each other,” George said of him and Leonard bringing the Clippers back to the series.[Leonard] They drive at full speed, attack and put their big pressure on the edge. me too when he needs to rest and breathe I’m in attack mode now. I think we’re just doing a good job countering each other.
“This is what we ultimately wanted – the ability to share the court together and do it on both sides together.”
This is what Leonard, George and Clippers imagined when the two All-Stars became Clippers in the summer of 2019.
Leonard is playing at the preseason level, which made him his second NBA Finals MVP when he led the Toronto Raptors to the 2019 Championship. He’s strong and powerful. It’s more than Dallas can stop, averaging 35.3 points in the past three games.
Leading the Clippers to their past two wins in Dallas, Leonard fired a combined 24-for-32 in Games 3 and 4 and he dealt most of his damage from driving into the . color
But his message to the Clippers after they lost the first two games of the series at home was to step up much further in the defensive line. Doncic worked hard through his neck nerve problem on Sunday and fired 9-for-24 to Finished with 19 points, six assists and six rebounds. But Clippers are thrilled with their ability to slow down other shooters. of the Mavericks who actually shot the fire in Los Angeles.
Tim Hardaway Jr. missed 7 of 8 games and scored just four points, Dorian Finney-Smith had just eight and the Mavericks as the group missed 25 of 30 times in game 4 in the first two games of the series. Dallas gained an advantage on home-court by 35 of 70 (50%) attempts from behind the curve.
Having trailed 30-11 with 4:38 in the first quarter of Game 3, the Clippers have 213-to-159 over Dallas. Now the Mavericks are on the lookout for a turnaround. Otherwise their season might come quickly. to the end
“We responded well,” Leonard said of the team heeding his message to better defensive play. “Especially coming back from there. [30-11 deficit] in game 3″
“The work is not finished yet,” he added. “So we have to keep our minds sharp and be prepared for the next task.”
Clippers have hit all the right buttons since leaving Los Angeles. To which they had no answer for Doncic, Clippers coach Tyronn Lue joined the small group and put Nicolas Batum in center Ivica Zubac as the Mavericks heated up Game 3. This move allowed the Clippers to replace Doncic’s defence, which scored. with Zubac in front of him
Lue started Game 4 with Batam as Subak’s fifth starting point. And the veteran striker responded with 10 points, five rebounds, four steals and two blocks. Batum said he studied the films of Draymond Green and Boris Diaw to prepare for how to use versatility as the smallest center.
With the help of Batam in defense and moving the ball in the offensive line Leonard continues to punish the Mavericks with his drive. By shooting the first five shots and scoring 10 points in the first quarter. George took over in the second quarter.
Doncic tried to keep his team in there and had 15 points in the first half but Kristaps Porzingis, who finished with 18 points, was the only Maverick to double the score in the first half.
The Clippers led 79-51 with 4:42 left in third as they took home advantage and all of the momentum in the series returned to Southern California against them.
Rumor has it that the nail clippers will show who they are in Game 3 with their backs against the wall. They supported his pledge, while Batum said the Clippers had never panicked despite going 0-2 in the series and 30-11 behind in the first minutes of Game 3.
“I mean, we know our mistakes,” Batam said. “We just have to adjust. We know what we have done wrong.”
“It’s just 2-2,” Batam added, “we’re where it should be. We should technically be at 2-2 so now have to go home and take care of the home pitch and take care of this game on Wednesday or we’ll drop. We’re in a bad situation if we don’t work on Wednesday.”