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The Clippers hit back, now it’s time for the Mavericks to adjust

It took the Clippers long enough, losing two games at home to start the series, but they made the change they needed to make. Ivica Zubac went to the bench after Luka Doncic turned him into a ghost and the Clippers have ripped off two straight to tie the series.

While it’s easy to panic, especially after the dispiriting effort in Game 4, this is how the playoffs work. This is always how it works. A team hits first, the other team has a chance to hit back and, if the two teams are indeed evenly matched, the back and forth continues.