Luka Doncic has been a huge problem for the Los Angeles Clippers in more ways than one in the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs. Following the Dallas Mavericks’ 105-100 win over the Clippers in Game 5 of the series that also put the Mavs a step closer to gaining entry into the second round, LA big man ivica zubac pretty much summed up how hard life is for his team whenever Doncic is on the attack.
Via Shane Young of Forbes Sports:
Ivica Zubac on Luka Dončić:
"He can score at every level. It's hard, we got to pick the shots we want to live with. We can't allow him to get this many shots. And we got to get the ball out of hands more."
— Shane Young (@YoungNBA) June 3, 2021
Doncic finished Game 6 with 42 points. He didn’t waste time sending a strong message to the Clippers when he exploded for 19 of those points right in the very first period. The Clippers were able to battle back and make things interesting up to the last minute of the game. For Zubac and the Clippers, what Doncic did in Game 6 gave them the full realization that if they were to come back from a 3-2 series deficit, they will have to solve the Slovenian.
Doncic is averaging 35.0 points on 47.9 percent shooting from the field in the series. His usage has been constantly going through the roof because aside from being the Mavs’ primary option on offense, he’s almost always left with the duty of finding the second go-to scorer for the team.
Limiting Luka Doncic’s touches is going to be easier said than done for the Clippers, but they will just have to keep on trying.