This brings us to the conundrum facing Rick Carlisle and the Mavs: Doncic has shown that he’s a significantly better closer when he doesn’t have to throw fastballs for the full nine innings. But the Mavericks might not have anyone else ready in the bullpen. Doncic is in the midst of the third most heliocentric playoff series of the tracking data era; only Russell Westbrook in the first round in 2017 (69.9!) and the second round in 2016 (61.1) have had higher total usage rates than Doncic’s 60.3 percent rate so far. It should be noted that Westbrook’s Thunder lost both of those series.
June 25, 2021 | 12:06 am EDT Update
Ohm Youngmisuk: Reggie Jackson says Clippers have “empowered me” to be able to take and hit big timely shots that have given Clips momentum time and time again in the postseason. He said despite not playing in games during his Clips career to now being a huge shot-maker, they’ve supported him.
StatMuse: There are only 2 players in NBA history to average 3+ three-pointers on 65 TS% in a single playoff run (min 15 games): 1. Steph Curry in 2017 2. Reggie Jackson in 2021 Reggie is averaging 18 PPG on 51/42/88% this playoffs. pic.twitter.com/OGL1D6EDIV
Ohm Youngmisuk: Reggie Jackson said Patrick Beverley was animated at halftime imploring team to not let go of the rope and playing even harder in second half. It showed as Clippers played like their season was on the line.
Kellan Olson: Monty Williams said he thought he probably played Chris Paul too much. Said he hasn’t done anything for 10 days. He noted he did have to play him extended minutes to some extent with Cam Payne’s injury.