KEY POINTS

  • The Dallas Mavericks blanked the Los Angeles Clippers, stealing two wins for a 2-0 lead
  • Tyronn Lue says his confidence level remains high
  • Paul George states the Clippers have no concern even if they trail the series

The Los Angeles Clippers succumbed anew to the Dallas Mavericks in Game 2 of their Western Conference first-round playoff series on Tuesday, falling to a 0-2 hole by losing both games at home.

Luka Doncic was spectacular yet again for the sixth-seeded Mavericks, top-scoring with 39 points in the 127-121 victory.

With the Clippers losing home court advantage and traveling to Dallas not being able to secure a win yet, questions have already lingered regarding how affected they are mentally when it comes to the current look of the series.

One of the questions centers around the Clippers' confidence level, which head coach Tyronn Lue said that only his players could answer directly.

For his part, Lue insisted his confidence level remains high in spite of the back-to-back losses.

"You got to ask them. My confidence level is high. We haven't had a chance to talk... I think they feel pretty good," Lue said, per ESPN's Ohm Youngmisuk.

Wingman Paul George added the Clippers do not have a "level of concern" at the moment, per Los Angeles Times' Andrew Greif.

"We have to rise to the occasion. Fact of the matter is if we don’t, we’re done for. But there’s no level of concern," George stated.

As for what adjustments the third-seeded team should make entering their next two assignments, Lue mentioned defending better one-on-one.

"Just clean up our mistakes... we got to do a better job of trying to stop these guys, especially in [one-on-one]," the coach shared.

The Mavericks noticeably hunted Patrick Beverley in pick and rolls, giving Doncic a significant advantage offensively.

Last year when the two teams met in the 2020 playoffs, Doncic averaged 31 points throughout the series, tallying 43, 42 and 38-point outputs although the Clippers won, 4-2.

Tyronn Lue Tyronn Lue believes the Cavaliers have a blueprint for the rest of the NBA Finals following a disappointing Game 1 loss. Pictured: Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue speaks with media following game one of the 2018 NBA Finals at Oracle Arena. Photo: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports