LOS ANGELES – The Dallas Mavericks have quickly gone from being up 2-0 to finding themselves in a tie with the Los Angeles Clippers 2-2.
If the Mavericks hope to regain control of the series, they will need a big game from Jalen Brunson and others outside of ailing star Luka Doncic.
Brunson, born in New Brunswick, has been playing well in the series, averaging 11.3 points-per-game and hitting on 50% of his shots.
— Dallas Mavericks (@dallasmavs) May 29, 2021
Brunson has also grabbed 2.5 rebounds and dished out 2.3 assists over the first four games of the series.
However, with Doncic suffering a strained neck, the Mavericks are going to need even more from the Villanova product if they hope to move on to the next round.
Fortunately for the Mavs, Brunson is no stranger to winning.
— Dallas Mavericks (@dallasmavs) May 22, 2021
Brunson helped the Villanova Wildcats secure two NCAA National Championships during his time in college.
During his junior season, Brunson scored just under 19 points-per-game and finished the year with an offensive rating of 128.5.
Brunson earned consensus first-team All-American honors and was named the college basketball Athlete of the Decade by Sporting News in 2019.
Since being drafted by the Mavericks in 2018, Brunson has proven himself as a key piece coming off the bench and starting when called upon.
How to Watch Brunson and the Mavs
Brunson and the Mavericks will take on the Clippers in a pivotal Game 5 Wednesday at 10 p.m. on TNT.
Jersey Sporting News is closely following the New Jersey natives competing in the NBA Playoffs.