The Dallas Mavericks and LA Clippers play the back end of a back-to-back Tuesday in Los Angeles. The Clippers beat the Mavericks on Sunday 97-91 to improve to 10-7 while the Mavericks fell to 9-7. It is a mini rematch of last year's playoff matchup, which the Clippers won in an exciting 7 game series. Can the Mavericks get a measure of revenge here on Tuesday?
Mavs struggle without DoncicThe Dallas Mavericks have lost three straight games and there is a common thread running through all three losses. That common thread is the fact that superstar Luka Doncic missed all three games with an injury. Also, to be fair, they were on the road against two of the best teams in the conference, the Suns, who beat them twice in Phoenix, and the Clippers, who beat the Sunday in LA 97-91.
In Sunday's loss to the Clippers, they missed Doncic as they only shot 41% from the floor and 20% from three point range. There's just not a lot of offensive firepower on the Mavs to begin with, and when Doncic is out, it's really glaring. The good news is that Kristaps Porzingis has really stepped up as he had another strong game with 25 points and 8 rebounds in the loss. Jalen Brunson has also been good, as he added 20 points and 8 assists. But beyond that, the Mavericks haven't gotten consistent production. And the bad news is, Doncic is out again on Tuesday.
Clippers snap two game skidThe LA Clippers snapped a two game losing streak Sunday with their 97-91 win over the Mavericks. A two game losing streak doesn't sound to bad, but when you consider that one of the losses was the New Orleans and the other was to Memphis, that leaves a bad taste in the mouth. They got that bad taste out Sunday with a win over the Mavericks and improved to 10-7.
The Clippers know what life is like without their best player, Kawhi Leonard, as they will likely be without him all season. But they do have a pretty darn good No. 2 in Paul George, who led the Clippers with 29 points and 6 assist in the win over the Mavericks. Reggie Jackson has emerged as the No. 2 behind George as he poured in 23 points while Ivica Zubac added 16 points and 10 rebounds. It's also promising that Sege Ibaka is slowly rounding back into form. Ibaka played only 12 minutes, but had 6 points and 4 rebounds. They'll need him to be the Serge Ibaka of old if they want to make any kind of noise this season.