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Clippers vs. Mavericks score, takeaways: Kawhi Leonard leads Los Angeles to Game 1 win over Dallas

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Clippers vs. Mavericks score, takeaways: Kawhi Leonard leads Los Angeles to Game 1 win over Dallas

The Dallas Mavericks may not have won their playoff debut against the heavily-favored Los Angeles Clippers, but they acquitted themselves quite well in the near upset. Despite the controversial ejection of Kristaps Porzingis in the third quarter and an early injury to Luka Doncic, Dallas held a double-digit lead at one point and kept the game competitive all the way through the fourth quarter. Still, the Clippers pulled through in the end, 118-110, thanks to their superior depth and an incredible night from their superstars. Kawhi Leonard and Paul George combined for 56 Clippers points. 

But if any player stood out tonight, it was Luka. The Mavericks’ sophomore set the record for most points in a playoff debut with 42 on 13-of-21 shooting, and the Mavericks needed every one of them. They scored only 46 points in nearly a half after Porzingis was ejected. The Mavericks needed Doncic to be a superstar tonight, and he more than came through. With Porzingis coming back for Game 2, Dallas has to feel good about its chances against the Clippers in the rest of the series. 

1. Maybe this isn’t such a bad matchup for Luka after all?

Confirmation bias is a dangerous thing. We came into the year assuming that Leonard and George would swallow bigger wings like Doncic defensively, and when they held Luka to only 4-of-14 shooting in their first matchup of the season, that confirmed that assumption. It was the answer we expected, so we never looked into it further. But in Doncic’s next two matchups with the Clippers, Doncic averaged 32.5 points on strong shooting numbers. The basketball world ignored it. The case had already been closed. 

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And now we need to reopen it. The Clippers threw the kitchen sink at Luka. Leonard, George and Patrick Beverley all took turns on him. As concerning as the 11 turnovers were, his performance with Porzingis out can’t be viewed as anything less than a total victory. If you can score 42 points on the Clippers, you can score 42 points on anybody. He won’t shoot 13-of-21 from the field every night, but he won’t need to. Dallas will shoot better as this series progresses. Porzingis is a real mismatch for the Clippers. The only real concern for the Mavericks offensively entering this series was how their maestro would fare against the best collection of wing defenders on Earth. He passed the test. They may not be able to get any stops in this series, but Dallas will be able to score. Their supposed matchup problems aren’t nearly as serious as we expected. 

2. Montrezl Harrell isn’t ready

The Clippers can live with Montrezl Harrell scoring only six points. They can’t live with him playing 15 mostly lifeless minutes. Harrell is their sparkplug. His energy is infectious and the driver of most of their bench success. He may not start games, but he’s going to finish them when it counts. The Lakers have no trouble with Ivica Zubac and JaMychal Green. Harrell is going to be a 30-minute player in the biggest games of the postseason. 

Nobody expected him to be perfectly conditioned in the playoff opener. This is going to be a competitive series, so the Clippers will have game time to get him up to speed. But it should be clear at this point that they aren’t at 100 percent yet. They won’t be until Harrell is properly conditioned for postseason basketball. If he isn’t in time for their likely Western Conference Finals battle with the Lakers, the Clippers will be in serious trouble. 

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3. Playoff P finally living up to the name

Most of Paul George’s dubious playoff reputation is unfair. His shooting dips slightly, but his overall performance has generally been in line with what he’s done in the regular season. But when you give yourself the “Playoff P” nickname, the bar rises. George hasn’t won a series since 2014. His fourth quarters in that span have largely gone badly. George shot 28.6 percent from the field in clutch minutes against Utah in the 2018 playoffs. That was an improvement on his 20 percent showing against Cleveland in 2017. 

First-round Game 1s aren’t going to quiet all of the skeptics, but George was essential in the fourth quarter of this one. He made four of his six shot attempts in the final frame, including the 3-point dagger with 42.6 seconds remaining to put the game away. Anything less than a championship will be a disappointment for George, but hey, it never hurts to pad your resume a bit earlier in the postseason. 

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BALL – “Ronaldo acts like a diva” (Manchester United)

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At 63, after a career marked by passing through clubs such as Manchester United and Tottenham, former player Garth Crooks is currently a commentator on BBCwhere he usually selects his Premier League team of the week.

On UK TV, Garth Crookes ended up putting Bruno Fernandes and José Sa in their elevens in the final round and despite not being part of the team Red Devils In the match against Aston Villa, the former player left a sharp criticism of Cristiano Ronaldo.

“Since returning to United, Ronaldo has been acting like a diva. He may be the star of the team, but he always hesitates when things don’t go according to his plan, giving the impression that the public’s complaints do not come from him, but from his teammates. I expect more from a player like him. Scoring goals is not the most important thing, ”said the former player.

Garth Crookes pointed the finger at the Portuguese’s management, also saying that CR7’s attitude should be different as United are in a different situation than the one the national team captain found at Juventus and Real Madrid: “Ronaldo is no longer at ” Real Madrid or Juventus, teams that easily won titles. He plays for Manchester United, a respected team that is struggling. Teammates look up to him not only for goals, but for leadership,” he said in statements to BBC.

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THE BALL – Team with the most goals in Europe (England)

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THE BALL - Team with the most goals in Europe (England)

Fulham of the Championship (English second tier) are the team with the most goals in the European leagues, with 64 shots in 25 games. The Germans from Bayern Munich (61), the Dutch from Ajax (59), the English from Liverpool (55) and the Moldovans from Sheriff (55) follow the list, with Benfica in 9th place. (50).

Only in peripheral countries, the championships of which have already been completed (seasons correspond to calendar years), did teams have more goals: Klaksvik (99) and HB (87) from the Faroe Islands, Flora (85), Levadia ( 77 goals). ) and Paide (66) from Estonia, Dinamo Batumi (73) from Georgia, Molde (70) and Ålesund (68) from Norway and Rigas (65) from Estonia.

Serb Aleksandar Mitrovic (27 goals in 24 games), Welshman Harry Wilson (8/22), Congolese Neeskens Kebano (23/07) and Englishman of Portuguese origin Fabio Carvalho (15/05) contributed the most to the team’s 64 goals in the English second league. ).

Fulham have only failed to score in three league rounds: Blackpool (day 6, away), Derby County (19th, at home) and Sheffield United (23rd, at home). They also have four wins in 25 games: 6-2 v Bristol City (Day 27, home), 7-0 v Reading (25, away), 7-0 v Blackburn Rovers » (16, away) and 5:1. against Huddersfield (2, out).

The second team with the most goals in the league is Blackburn with 44 goals but only one defeat (5-1 to Cardiff).

In other competitions in which they participate, summer residents scored three more goals in three games: 1-0 to Bristol City in the FA Cup and 2-0 to Birmingham in the League Cup, knocked out of that tournament by Leeds (0-0, 5-6 on penalty).

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However, the London team has benefited from playing far more games than most other European teams (Leagues I and II) as they have already played 25 out of 46 games, while Sheriff (17 games), Benfica ( 18), Bayern (19), Dortmund (19), Ajax (19), Liverpool (21), Inter (21), Manchester City (22) and Volendam (22) play far from the same matches. With 55 goals in 17 games, Moldavians from Sheriff thus have the best average in Europe with 3.23 goals per game, surpassing, among other things, the Germans from Bayern Munich (3.21).

Benfica, with 2.78 goals per game, ranks sixth on average in Europe on a list that also includes Porto (48 goals in 18 games) with 2.67 goals per game.

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″The future leaves us with a centralization designed specifically for FC Porto″

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The former leader and presidential candidate speaks of the leader’s “flagrant unpreparedness”.

The candidate defeated by Luis Filipe Vieira in the 2020 elections, Rui Gomes da Silva, this Monday launched a vicious attack on Rui Costa, who was elected in October 2021. “By Rui Costa, emphasizing that despite the “brilliant and inspiring work in four lines” it is “beyond their vulgar and boring character.”

In a text published on the Nova Geração Benfica blog titled “Benfica: disoriented, aimless and unfocused”, Rui Gomes da Silva predicts a dark future for the Eagles, the result of the “centralization of television rights adapted to FC Porto” and that “Benfica” , the main source of income from this contract, will not mind being devalued,” guessing also about the “new concrete project”: “New auditions and possibly new arrests in a few years.”

Rui Gomes da Silva emphasizes that “Benfica’s daily scandals will only cease to affect them when these obligations are exhausted and the perpetrators disappear, once and on the evil face in the newspapers, when he represents the same interests of the vulture abroad and, surprisingly, shares the same interests. the network of friendships and home visits that dominated Vieira.”

Promising to “fight all this as long as he has the strength,” the former leader, who refers to Rui Costa as a president “without a future,” shoots: “Either this path is urgently reversed, or we will move inexorably towards new elections. unfortunately, in a much shorter period of time than the partners imagine.”

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