Mavericks: Luka Doncic withstands Patrick Beverley.
Paradoxically enough, normally Pat Bev is the one doing the talking.
While its just one loss at the hands of the Mavs, Dallas is familiar competition to Los Angeles, and theyve probably gotten back at better given that pushing the Clippers to six video games in the bubble.
Doncic and his partner Kristaps Porzingis integrated for 45 points, while key contributors Tim Hardaway, Jr. and Dorian Finney-Smith poured in 39 of their own.
The Clippers have tried to limit Doncic in the past, which seems a problematic technique. Hes going to get his, and it will likely come in embarrassing fashion for whoever is safeguarding him (sorry, Bev). The supporting cast is the secret, and LA came a cropper at nipping it in the bud on Saturday.
LAKE BUENA VISTA, FLORIDA – AUGUST 23: Luka Doncic # 77 of the Dallas Mavericks (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images).
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Luka Doncic tried to get under Patrick Beverleys skin. Even though it probably did not work, Doncics insult is as gif-able as they come.
The Dallas Mavericks took Game 1 against the Los Angeles Clippers, as soon as again proving to be a thorn in Kawhi Leonards side as he attempts to bring a champion to Los Angeles. Doncic had 31 points on 11-of-24 shooting, including 5-of-11 from behind the arc.
The efficient night from one of the very best young scorers in the NBA is simply a sneak peek of what the Clippers have to anticipate the rest of the series. Doncic is far from just a jump shooter. Hes not afraid to challenge the whole city of Los Angeles in the paint if he must.
Gritty veteran defender Patrick Beverley attempted to restrict that production on Saturday, just to come a cropper and receive some impressive trash talk from Doncic as a result.
Doncic is far from simply a dive shooter. Hes not scared to challenge the whole city of Los Angeles in the paint if he must.
The Clippers have actually attempted to limit Doncic in the past, and that appears to be a flawed technique.