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GAME THREAD: Dallas Mavericks at Los Angeles Clippers, Game 2

Let’s get game two

NBA: Playoffs-Dallas Mavericks at Los Angeles Clippers Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

WHO: Dallas Mavericks at Los Angeles Clippers

WHAT: Game 1 of their first round playoff matchup

WHERE: Staples Center, Los Angeles

WHEN: 9:30 p.m. CST

HOW: NBAtv or Bally Sports Southwest

THE STORY: Dallas faces a Los Angeles Clippers team that should be desperate. “Should be” being the operative phrase there. Considering they’re rolling with the same starters means they have confidence in their initial game plan that didn’t work Saturday.

As of this writing, we can assume the same five starters will be on the floor for Dallas as well.

What happens tonight is going to be absolutely fascinating, as this series could be a tactical masterclass, at least from Rick Carlisle. I mean, look at this from Saturday:

Perhaps Kawhi Leonard will actually guard Luka Doncic? Maybe (probably?) the Clippers will hit their three pointers? Kristaps Porzingis could find a way to impact the game in ways beyond scoring. There’s lots of variety at play. I just hope Rajon Rondo doesn’t hit all the threes again.

Go Mavs. Have fun.