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One major takeaway from the Mavericks 127-121 Game 2 win over the Clippers

One major takeaway from the Mavericks 127-121 Game 2 win over the Clippers

Break their will

There is a decent chance that this is already done. This Clippers team, talented as they may be, hasn’t shown the ability to handle adversity very well. And aside from maybe a 3-0 deficit, there is no greater adversity than losing the first two games at home in a best-of-seven series. Sprinkle an almost full capacity American Airlines Center crowd, who hasn’t seen their team in over a year, it looks very bad for the Clippers.

However the Mavericks cannot think like that. They’re young, streaky, & even immature at times. You can’t afford that at this time. Especially considering your opponents propensity to fold at the first sign of trouble. You put them in that dreaded 3-0 hole & they’re certainly toast. Don’t let them rest, don’t inspire them, don’t let them gain confidence….break. Their will.

I don’t need to give you a play-by-play breakdown of the game. You certainly saw it. Luka was absolutely scintillating. Tim Hardaway Jr. was nails in the clutch. Kristaps had an efficient night. Others like Maxi Kleber & Josh Richardson stepped up big time.

But none of that really matters in Game 3. They’ve got to do it again & another time after that. So, while it’s easy to celebrate and feel like the series has been won, it hasn’t.

It might be if you take Game 3 though. And it’s up to the Mavericks to keep their foot on the Clippers throat. They will fold. It’s who they are and always have been.

See you Friday.

Staff writer covering the Dallas Mavericks, Texas Legends and TCU basketball | Stephen "Reese" Konkle. 21 years old, currently enrolled at UNT working towards my degree in Digital/print media with a sports certification. Have a passion for basketball, and the Mavericks. Looking to bring Mavs fans a fresh, interesting perspective on the greatest game in the world.

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