LUUUUUUUKKKKKAAAAAAAA DONCIC. Oh my god what a game. Luka Doncic nailed a huge 3-pointer to beat the buzzer and give the Dallas Mavericks a 135-133 win in OT over the Los Angeles Clippers to tie the series 2-2. I need a cigarette, hold on.
Okay, and we’re back. So now that I’ve caught my breathe, let’s dissect this one. Kawhi Leonard had just dished it to Marcus Morris for a corner 3 to give the Clippers a 1-point lead. Kawhi also put on a show in the fourth and OT, so props to him. It wasn’t enough, though. Doncic, who almost missed this game due to an ankle sprain, dropped 43 points, 17 boards and 13 assists in 46 minutes! Nuts. Absolutely nuts.
Doncic entered the slate at $10,800 on DraftKings. He ended up dropping a cool 92.75 DKFP to lead all scorers on the slate. I can safely say that because I doubt anyone is going to top him on the later games. Jesus christ, look at his ownership in the $20 GPP on DraftKings! Doncic at 12.9% ownership is highway robbery people! Good lord. The leverage play of the century here.
I’ll admit I was worried about the ankle heading into this game, but we also have to consider Kristaps Porzingis was a late scratch due to a knee injury. SO extra offense and usage for Doncic, who might have had one of the greatest playoff games of all-time. This game felt really good, amirite? It felt like that first real game of the playoffs. Like we were waiting for an absolute thriller, classic and this Mavs-Clippers Game 4 really delivered.
Going back to Kawhi, who had 32 points and 9 boards in 47 minutes. He wasn’t his best, but made plenty of clutch plays down the stretch to put the Clippers in position to win. Honestly, if Patrick Beverley plays for L.A. it’s probably a different outcome. The Mavs got the dream matchup on that Doncic buzzer beater, with Reggie Jackson left on Luka again. Pat Bev probably fares a bit better in that matchup, but I digress.
The big problem for the Clippers has been the lack of Playoff P — who is now being dubbed Pandemic P, which doesn’t seem all that fair. Paul George has been awful, though. His defense hasn’t even made up for his awful offense. He went 3-of-14 from the field and 1-of-7 from 3-point range in the loss. That was 9 points, 8 boards and 4 fouls. The Clippers are going to have a tough time advancing past this round, let alone the second round if PG-13 doesn’t start showing up.
Like, just watch it again, this time from the NBA PoV.