The Los Angeles Clippers have recently been upset in Game 1 of their series against the Dallas Mavericks. The Dallas Mavericks won convincingly behind the effort of their marvelous superstar Luka Doncic.
There was a lot of tanking for matchups at the end of the season, and the Los Angeles Clippers were one of the teams that managed to get a more favorable matchup by sliding in the standings.
The NBA world reacted to the loss, and there was plenty of roasting that was directed at the Los Angeles Clippers. While this is only one game of a long series, it was definitely surprising to see the Clippers start off poorly.
The fact of the matter is, is that the Los Angeles Clippers lost a winnable matchup. If you tank to face a certain team, you have to execute and end up with a win. We've seen what happens when teams get beat in trap matchups. The Dallas Mavericks came out swinging at the Los Angeles Clippers, and they have stolen a game. If they win the next game, then it will put the Los Angeles Clippers in an unenviable position.
There is no doubt that a team with Kawhi Leonard and Paul George will bounce back, as the talent in the team is there. They have a competitive series, and a lot of people still expect them to come out on top. While Luka Doncic will be a tough matchup, this is still an open series. However, if the Los Angeles Clippers do end up losing, then tanking to face the Dallas Mavericks will be viewed as one of the worst moves they could have done.