The Clippers have just beaten the Mavericks 126-111 in Game 7 and will now advance to play the top-seeded Utah Jazz. Overall, it’s a huge victory that sets up a deep run in the Western Conference. Kawhi Leonard led the Clippers with 28 points, 10 rebounds, and just one assist shy of a triple-double. Back-to-back clutch performances out of the Claw helped push his team into the second round.
Paul George is really lucky to play with this guy.
CLIPPERS WIN AND ADVANCE! pic.twitter.com/Jg4e53xFtm— LA Clippers (@LAClippers) June 6, 2021
Surprise performances out of Clippers’ Marcus Morris Sr. and Terance Mann off the bench changed this game. The two poured in 36 points and combined for nine three-pointers. When you have role players stepping up like that, you don’t exactly need Paul George to play like a star.
Speaking of PG13 — he dropped a ho-hum 18 points, but he did manage to stay effective as a playmaker with his 10 assists.
The 22-year-old Doncic balled out tonight with 46 points, 7 rebounds, and 14 assists. What’s become clear is that Mark Cuban and the rest of this Mavericks front office have to find their Batman a Robin. You can’t have your best player running out of gas down the stretch because no one else on the floor can help him get it done.
Luka Doncic today:— NBA Retweet (@RTNBA) June 6, 2021
L in game 7. Get Luka help. 😞 pic.twitter.com/KTFvdBYbGQ
Kristaps Porzingis just ain’t good enough to be Luka’s running mate. That’s not shade — it’s just that elite talent is needed to pull through this time of year. Still, Porzingis had 16 points in a crucial Game 7 on the road, so that’s something at least.
It’s onto the Jazz for the Clippers. Game 1 tips off Tuesday night in Utah.