Dallas Mavericks Fall to Oklahoma City Thunder in NBA Playoffs Opener: Kleber’s Injury Raises Questions for the Team

Dallas Mavericks Fall to Oklahoma City Thunder in NBA Playoffs Opener: Kleber’s Injury Raises Questions for the Team

The Dallas Mavericks clearly lost the first game of the second round series of the NBA playoffs at the Oklahoma City Thunder. On Tuesday (local time) the Texans had to admit defeat to the best West team in the main round with 95:117 (53:62). The second game of the best-of-seven series in the North American Basketball League will take place again in Oklahoma City on Thursday (local time).

Dallas was able to keep the game even until the middle of the third quarter, then the Thunder pulled away by double digits. The decision came in the middle of the final period when Dallas remained without points for four and a half minutes and had to let go after a 0:9 run to make it 89:113. While Dallas’ superstar Luka Doncic fell short of expectations with 19 points, the Thunder’s Shai Gilgeous-Alexander impressed with 29 points. Both are two of three candidates for the most valuable player award of the season.

German basketball player Maxi Kleber was missing from the Mavericks due to a shoulder injury he sustained in the final game of the first-round series against the Los Angeles Clippers. It is questionable whether Kleber can be used again in the playoffs.

In the Eastern Conference, the best team in the main round also achieved a clear victory at the start of the second round. The Boston Celtics won 120:95 (59:49) against the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Celtics opened the game with a 12-2 run and were consistently ahead by double digits from the middle of the second quarter. Jaylen Brown (32 points) and Derrick White (25 points) led the Celtics and combined to hit eleven of Boston’s 18 three-pointers. Donovon Mitchell was the Cavaliers’ best scorer with 33 points.

2024-05-08 19:59:51
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