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Rondo has been calling out Mavericks plays throughout series

PHOENIX, ARIZONA - APRIL 28: Rajon Rondo #4 of the LA Clippers during the NBA game against the Phoenix Suns at Phoenix Suns Arena on April 28, 2021 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Suns defeated the Clippers 109-101. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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According to Rick Carlisle, Rajon Rondo has been calling out the Dallas Mavericks’ plays throughout the first two games of the series. However, the Mavericks are up 2-0 in the series but are trying not to run many plays. Game three will be in Dallas on Friday night.

Rondo’s knowledge of the Mavericks’ plays hasn’t led to much on-court success. The Clippers lost both games at home and travel to Dallas, hoping not to go down three.

Rondo has some history with the Mavericks and is trying to use his knowledge of their plays to help get the Clippers back in the series. He also has a history with Carlisle and how the coach likes to run his offense.

Rondo’s Brief Stint With the Mavericks

Apr 18, 2015; Houston, TX, USA; Dallas Mavericks guard Rajon Rondo (9) and Houston Rockets guard Corey Brewer (33) in game one of the first round of the NBA Playoffs at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Rondo was once a Dallas Maverick. Dallas acquired Rondo in 2015, and the team would lose in the first round of the playoffs. However, the team and Rondo didn’t have much success together, and he wouldn’t re-sign with the team that off-season.

Rondo and Coach Carlisle never really saw eye to eye. In addition, the offense never clicked with Rondo on the court, and that would see him benched in his lone playoff series in Dallas. Rondo was also accused of quitting on his team in game two against Houston.

Now Rondo is a Clipper and is trying to use his prior knowledge to help his current team take out his former team. However, the Clippers have no answer for Luka Doncic. Doncic is averaging 35 points per game in the series.

Rondo is one of the smartest players in the league. He was one of the key reasons the Lakers went on their Championship run in 2020. As a result, the Clippers acquired Rondo from the Hawks to help them do the same.

No team has ever come back in a series after trailing 3-0 in a series. Game three will take place Friday night in Dallas.

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