Dallas Mavericks up 2-0: The good news and bad news of it…

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The Dallas Mavericks can rejoice a little, Rick Carlisle and company has the team up 2-0. While it may be a little mediocre to celebrate, it feels nice to have some cushion room. The last time the team had a 2-0, was back in 2011. I think we all know had that season ended.

Fast forward to now!!

The Dallas Mavericks are happy to be up 2-0 but it’s not entire good news

The biggest question marks lie ahead as the Mavs have unfinished business:

Can the team pull off a first-round upset? Is it too early to celebrate? Can Luka take the team to the next level?

So many questions, so much excitement.

The Good Part

1. The job is half way complete.

Currently, the team is rolling on all cylinders. All-Star Luka Doncic is averaging over 30 points per game and his casting mate, Tim Hardaway Jr, has scored just over 20 points per. With the team hitting their stride, history seems to be on their side.

The Land of Basketball reports that teams up 2-0 have gone on to win their series 93.7 percent of the time. Advantage Dallas.

2. Home-Court Advantage

Another key component is Dallas’ next two games will be at home. What a better way to be up 2-0, then to have a the next two matches in front of your home court.

For the 2020-2021 NBA season, Dallas finished with a 21-15 record at home. This is exactly identical to the record the team had on the road. One key concept will be that Mark Cuban will increase the capacity of fans allowed. This is huge, as the team will have their loud and rowdy crowd at hand.

Now the question remains: Can Dallas sweep the Clippers, or will the team fall at home?

The Bad Part of 2-0

1. Kawhi Leonard has been there before.

When everything is all said and done, one thing is for certain: Kawhi is still one of the best players on the planet. In the Clippers last game, Leonard shot 14 for 21 and dropped in 41 points. I guarantee you, the Los Angeles star still has unfinished business.

Look at back at the 2019 NBA playoffs. Back then, Leonard led the Toronto Raptors to the finals  after overcoming a 0-2 deficit in the Eastern Conference Finals.

Who can forget his magical shot against the Philadelphia 76ers?

2. Tyron Lue has the experience

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In 2018, Coach Lue and the Cleveland Cavaliers were down 2-0 to the Boston Celtics. Lue changed up his game plan and implemented a fast pace strategy centered around Lebron James. While his team did not win the finals, they did what 6.3 percent of other teams could not: overcome a 2-0 defeat.

These playoffs could prove to be no different, and Lue has all the intangibles to do it again. All-Star and Finals MVP Leonard is at the helm, and others players like Rajon Rondo and Paul George have been there before.

Plain and simple: Do not count out the Clippers just yet.

With the team up 2-0, there is plenty of reasons to celebrate. Mavs fans can rejoice just a little, until the start of game 3.

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Now let’s just hope the celebration continues over the weekend.

  • Published on 05/28/2021 at 12:01 PM
  • Last updated at 05/28/2021 at 11:12 AM