J. Kidd on Porzingis: ‘He’s playing at a very high level’

The Dallas Mavericks got their star back in Luka Doncic against the Clippers after he missed the past three games due to ankle and knee sprains, and unlike the first three games of this road trip, they were able to close out the Clippers(10-8) in OT 112-104 on Tuesday night.

The Mavericks(10-7) snap their three-game losing streak, and the Dallas finished their road trip 1-3.

Here is the Great, Not so Great, and the Bottom Line of the Mavs’ win over Clippers.

The Great for the Mavericks:

Kristaps Porzingis has found his groove. The 7-footer had his seventh straight game of 20 points or more as he had a team-high 30 points to go along with seven rebounds. During this seven-game stretch, Porzingis is averaging 26.0 points (.528 FG), 9.3 rebounds,  2.3 assists, and 1.4 blocks a contest.

“He’s playing at a very high level. He didn’t force anything,” Mavs head coach Jason Kidd said about Porzingis. “Sometimes, when a star player comes back, others might change their game, but he didn’t.”

-Doncic almost messed around and had a triple-double. He had 26 points, nine assists, nine rebounds, and two blocks. The Mavericks were happy to have their closer back. Also, according to Mavs PR, Doncic extended his 20-5-5 streak to a 2021-22 NBA-best seven consecutive games.

-Dorian Finney-Smith had 10 of his season-high 17 points in the fourth quarter. Finney-Smith also added three rebounds and three assists.

Third Quarter:  The Clippers led by as much as 11 points in this one and by as many as eight points in the third, but Dallas went on a 13-4 run, and during that run, Doncic scored 11 of the 13 points to give the Mavs a one-point lead. Dallas outscored the Clippers 38-28 in the third and took an 80-76 lead into the fourth. Doncic finished the quarter with 15 points

Overtime: Dallas outscored the Clippers 9-1 in the extra session after blowing a 10-point lead late in the game. Porzingis had six points in overtime.

Turnovers: The Mavericks turned 19 Clipper turnovers into 22 points. 

The Not so Great for the Mavericks:

The final 3:29 in regulation: Dallas led 102-92 with 3:29 left. Los Angeles went on an 11-1 run to end the game, including Paul George’s corner three at the buzzer to tie things up at 103 and send things into OT. Fortunately, Dallas was able to complete things in OT.

Bottom Line:

Great win for the Mavericks, but they almost blew it. However, a win is a win, especially on the road. Dallas might have had a better road trip if they had Doncic for the first three games. The Mavericks were in all three games against the Suns and Clippers, but they needed that extra push.

What’s Next:

Dallas returns home on Saturday night to face the Wizards.

Best of the Rest:

-Reggie Jackson had game-highs in points(31) and rebounds(10) on Tuesday night; George scored 26 points and dished out six assists.

-Maxi Kleber had a tremendous all-around game with eight points, nine rebounds, six assists, two steals, and a block off the Mavs’ bench.

-Jalen Brunson left the game in first half with a foot injury and did not return. Dallas was also without the services of Frank Ntilikina (Injury/Illness – Right Calf; Strain) and Reggie Bullock(illness).

Listen below as Doncic talks his return from injury:

Clips’ Frank on Jackson: ‘Reggie elevates our team with his energy, his confidence, and his ability to be at his best in the biggest moments’

The Los Angeles Clippers have officially re-signed Reggie Jackson, the team announced on Wednesday.

According to reports, it’s a two-year deal worth $22 million.

“Reggie elevates our team with his energy, his confidence, and his ability to be at his best in the biggest moments,” said the president of basketball operations, Lawrence Frank. “He was an important part of our team last season, and he will continue to be going forward.”

The 31-year-old Jackson resurrected his career in Los Angeles. Last season, he averaged 10.7 points, 3.1 assists, and 2.9 rebounds per game, shooting a career-high 43.3 percent from beyond the arc.

Jackson stepped up in the playoffs. He averaged 17.8 points, 3.4 assists, and 3.2 rebounds while shooting 40.8 percent from three. During the postseason, Jackson ranked second in the NBA in total three-pointers made (58) and 10th in total points (338) and plus-minus (+107). 

The 10-year veteran holds career averages of 12.6 points, 4.2 assists, and 2.9 rebounds in 628 appearances across 10 NBA seasons with the Oklahoma City Thunder, Detroit Pistons, and Clippers. 

Jackson was huge for the Clippers in the playoffs, so re-signing him was a no-brainer for Los Angeles. 

Reggie Jackson re-signs with Clippers

The LA Clippers have re-signed free agent Reggie Jackson, the team announced today.

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, it’s a one-year deal.

After being waived by the Pistons in February, the 30-year-old Jackson would sign with the Clippers. In 17 games with Los Angeles last season, Jackson averaged 9.5 points, 3.2 assists, and 3.0 rebounds while shooting 41.3 percent from beyond the arc.

At times, Jackson played well for the Clippers last season and will probably have a bigger role with the team in the 2020-21 season. 

The 6-foot-3 guard holds career averages of 12.8 points, 4.4 assists, and 3.0 rebounds in 561 appearances across nine NBA seasons with the Oklahoma City Thunder, Pistons, and Clippers.  

While the Clippers lost JaMychal Green and Montrezl Harrell this offseason, they were able to replace those guys with Serge Ibaka and Nic Batum, which is not bad at all, and now they retain Jackson, who will definitely give this team scoring off the bench.

 

Why Reggie Jackson should have signed with the Lakers

The L.A. Clippers have signed free agent guard Reggie Jackson, the team announced today. 

“Reggie is a proven playmaker and scorer, and we are looking forward to adding his experience and creativity to our team,” said Frank. 

Jackson, 29, appeared in 14 games for the Detroit Pistons this season, averaging 14.9 points, 5.1 assists, and 2.9 rebounds in 27.2 minutes. The 6’3″, 208-pound guard holds career averages of 12.9 points, 4.4 assists, and 3.0 rebounds in 544 appearances across eight NBA seasons with the Oklahoma City Thunder and Detroit.

On the surface, it would seem the Lakers might have been a better fit for Jackson. With the Lakers, he probably would have gotten a decent amount of minutes, but with the Clippers, those minutes won’t be guaranteed. Jackson will have to battle Patrick Beverley, Lou Williams, and Landry Shamet for minutes. With the Lakers, Jackson would have to battle it out with Rajon Rondo and Alex Caruso, so it’s clear that the better opportunity for him was with the Lakers

Jackson to the Clippers probably should have been Jackson to the Lakers, but maybe he knows something that we do not. We shall see.