The Los Angeles Clippers have been brutally trolled by NBA fans after going down 2-0 in their first round playoff series against the Dallas Mavericks.
Luka Doncic guided the Mavericks to a 127-121 victory over the Clippers as the series heads to Dallas, on the back of a 39-point, seven assist, seven rebound effort.
The Mavericks gave the Clippers a run for their money in last year's bubble playoffs and have been confident from the jump against them this season.
After resting the majority of their starters in the final two games of the regular season in order to face the Mavericks in the first round, that decision appears to have backfired with the Clippers finding themselves in a hole and facing a massive uphill battle to win their way out of the first round.
The Clippers memorably gave up a 3-1 lead in the Western Conference semi-finals to the Denver Nuggets last year, and the franchise has never progressed to the Western Conference Finals or NBA Finals.
Panned by NBA fans for resting stars Paul George and Kawhi Leonard late in the season, many were quick to get stuck into the Clippers for their complacency after the six-point loss, their fifth-straight playoff loss in a streak dating back to last year.
"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 said after the game.
Fans however, weren't buying that the Clippers would be keeping a cool head after losing two straight home games.
Luka Doncic guides Mavericks to 2-0 series lead
Doncic finished with 39 points, seven assists and seven rebounds as the Clippers had nothing defensively to slow down the 22-year-old guard.
The Clippers wasted 30 first-half points from Kawhi Leonard, who cooled off drastically in the second half and finished with 41.
The Clippers led 73-71 at the half but the Mavericks took control in the third quarter and eventually held a 13-point lead with 7:20 left in the game.
LA would rally to cut the lead within four before running out of gas down the stretch.
The Clippers’ playoff struggles have been well documented over recent years, but losing the first two games at home in the first round of the playoffs might be peak Clippers.
George finished with 28 points, while the only other Clippers player to reach double-figures was Reggie Jackson, who added 15 points.
By contrast, Dallas had Kristaps Porzingis (20 points) Tim Hardaway Jr. (28 points) and Maxi Kleber (13 points) all make significant scoring contributions.
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