‘Bad MF’: NBA Players React to Luka Doncic and Mavericks Winning Game 2 Against LA Clippers

Published 05/26/2021, 1:57 AM EDT
May 22, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; LA Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard (2) tries to move thew bad past Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (77) during the second quarter of game one in the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports


The Dallas Mavericks faced off against the LA Clippers tonight for the second game of their playoff series. Given that the Clippers have two of the biggest superstars in Paul George and Kawhi Leonard, championship expectations are a give, and thus, they are the favorites in the series.

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Despite the Clippers being the favorites in the matchup, the Mavs had won the first game courtesy of a 32 point triple double performance by the Slovenian prodigy Luka Doncic. With the Mavs stealing the first game in the Staples Center, the second game was a must-win for the Clippers in order to tie the series.

Luka Doncic and the Mavericks shock the LA Clippers

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Just like the first game, the Mavs put on a show in the first quarter but the Clippers weren’t far behind either even though the Mavs were leading 35-33 in the first quarter. The offensive barrage continued in the second quarter with the Clippers leading 73-71. While Luka Doncic led the Mavs with 23 points, Kawhi Leonard carried the Clippers offensively with 30 points.

But the Mavs pulled through in the third quarter putting on a clinical display as they outscored the Clippers 30-19 in the quarter. Falling to a nine point deficit, the Clippers did try to catchup to the red-hot Mavs. But there was no stopping the Mavs’ shooting tonight as they had a field day from the three point-line.

Given how woeful the defense was in the first half, it was expected that the Clippers would at least step up to limit Luka. But the fourth seeded LAC did not use two of their finest perimeter defenders in Kawhi and Paul George on Luka for majority of the game.

With a smaller guard in Patrick Beverley guarding him, the Slovenian hammered the Clippers in the second half, adding 16 more points. Apart from Luka, the Mavs uncharacteristically continued their incredible shooting from the three point line in game 2.

After shooting 47.2% from the perimeter in the last game, the Mavs were absolutely lethal tonight, shooting 52.9% from the three point-line. Starters like Tim Hardaway Jr., Kristaps Porzingis and Maxi Kleber also stepped up in the game.

Scoring a combined 61 points and shooting 11-14 from the perimeter, Hardaway Jr., Kleber and Porzingis certainly played their part in Mavs’ second win in a row as they defeated the Clippers 127-121. After losing two home games, the Clippers are in big trouble.

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Twitter reacts to Dallas Mavericks beating the Clippers in game 2

Twitter went absolutely berserk after Luka and the Mavs beat the Clippers for the second game in a row. While some hailed Doncic’s offensive masterclass, some criticized the Clippers lackluster performance.

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Despite having all the star power, the Clippers were abysmal in the game, especially defensively. If they want to rally a comeback, they will have to limit the Mavs’ incredible offense and put on an all-round display. Do you think the Clippers can make a comeback?

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Aditya Mohapatra

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Aditya Mohapatra is a sports enthusiast who primarily covers the NBA for EssentiallySports. Having graduated in Mass Communication, he has prior experience in writing for ABP News, and has been writing for EssentiallySports since November 2020. This die-hard Los Angeles Lakers fan feels that LeBron James is the best thing to have ever happened to the NBA, and will hold a healthy debate with anyone suggesting otherwise.

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