Los Angeles Clippers star guard Kawhi Leonard insisted that nobody in the team's locker room was panicking after a Game 1 loss to the Dallas Mavericks. The Clippers, seeded at No. 4 in the Western Conference, got beaten on their home floor on Saturday as the Mavericks won 113-103.
Leonard scored 26 points, had 10 rebounds and five assists but it wasn't enought to beat the Mavericks. "It's based on us, what we want to do," Leonard said, per ESPN. "Everybody was pretty up. Nobody was really down on the game.
Obviously, nobody wants to lose." "But our spirits are still high, and we believe in ourselves," he added. "Nothing good comes easy." Clippers head coach Ty Lue spotted the mistakes the Clippers were making in Game 1 and he hopes those won't repeat going forward.
"We had a lot of breakdowns, a lot of mistakes defensively that we didn't execute right," said Lue. "We've just got to clean those things up and we will be fine. We've got to all be on the same page defensively with what we are doing and when we are changing coverages, as well."
"We'll be fine," Lue added. "One game. They won. Hats off to those guys. They came in and played well."
Leonard, Paul George need to step up in Game 2
Clippers star guard George had 23 points, six rebounds and five assits in Game 1 against the Mavericks.
George acknowledged that he and his teammates will have to show much more in Game 2. "I mean, you know we expect to play better, be more dialed in Game 2," George said. "We're not looking at it as just because of who we have we're expecting to win.
We got the same pressure as every team that's in this." "We want to be the last team standing regardless of however many games it takes or how tough the road is," George added. "So, we got to be better for Game 2, and I plan on this team bouncing back."
Meanwhile, the Clippers got destroyed by Mavericks star guard Luka Doncic. Doncic delivered a huge performance in Game 1 as he had a triple-double of 31 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists. "When they don't double, attack it," Doncic said. "When they double, there's someone who's going to be open. I've just got to read the game."