For the 2nd straight match, the LA Clippers couldn't stop Doncic along with the Mavs, and they now see themselves two losses apart from what could be a magnificent ending to this season.
Regardless of this, Paul George stated the Clippers are not panicking.
"There's not one," George explained when asked exactly what the team's degree of concern is after losing the first two games at home. "it is a contest. We must climb to the event. The simple fact of the matter is when we do not, we are done for. There's not any degree of concern.
"We only got to play our game, we must play through this. We must integrate our defense. Luka will receive his touches. We just must do a much better job defensively of quieting everybody "
The Clippers entered this postseason with a great deal of pressure to divert last year's playoff collapse in the bubble and meet the huge expectations on this group.
But while resting core gamers and dropping the past two matches of the regular time to place themselves where they're in the bracket, the Clippers currently find themselves urgently seeking to maintain their time out of being pushed to the verge of Game 3 in Dallas.
"I am not worried," Lue said. "We have ta win four matches, and you come in on an opposing team's floor and perform, there is no pressure on you to create shots. You simply try to enter and steal a game, steal two matches. But today they have ta go home and continue the exact same shooting. It's simple to go on the street and do this without a pressure. We are going to find in Game 3."
And following the Clippers cut a 14-point fourth-quarter shortage to 120-116, Hardaway drilled a open with 1:03 left to stop the Clippers' dire run.
"It is not magical," Leonard said of everything the Clippers have to do in order to determine Dallas. "We must come out and play basketball. Get stops. That's the title of this sport at this time. They are shooting too good from the first two matches, and we must assist each other.
Shortly after the buzzer sounded in Sport two, Leonard walked off the ground clapping his hands hoping to implore his group to remain optimistic despite falling behind 2-0.
"Just ensuring that we are staying keeled, you understand what I mean?" Leonard stated. "It is playoff basketball, you simply gotta figure out it. You have kindly figure it out"
Leonard added:"Only gotta remain focused and make sure we keep your eye on the prize."
The Mavericks possess all of the confidence and momentum going back home. The Clippers now have a couple days to gather themselves and work out how to keep their title hopes alive because the strain just mounts.
"That is the group that is the very reckless," George said of an underdog team gaining confidence and enjoying free. "I am pretty sure everybody anticipated to us [to] acquire this. They were the underdogs, and if you are a decrease seed you truly don't have high expectations, and so they are playing free, they are playing with confidence.
"I believe we had been giving them a bit too much confidence, so that is on us to close down that."