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Mark Daigneault explains PJ Washington’s scorching hot stretch in Round 2

“PJ Washington,” OKC Thunder superstar Shai Gilgeous-Alexander said with a grin and a shake of his head. “We have to turn his water off,” the superstar added, almost chuckling at how good the Charlotte Hornets transplant has been for the Dallas. Mavericks this season.

Dallas has witnessed Washington being the third leading scorer in this series, behind Luka Doncic and Gilgeous-Alexander. The Kentucky product has scored 29 and 27 points on consecutive nights, giving the Mavericks a 2-1 series lead.

Heading into a hostile Game 4 with their season on the line, OKC Thunder sideline pacer Mark Daigneault was asked about the red-hot forward and how the team plans to stop this scoring outburst that serves as an outlier for his typical performance.

“You can’t ignore what’s happening in this series because of the loyalty to the sample size. He’s obviously playing with a lot of confidence right now. He’s doing really well for them,” Daigneault said ahead of Game 4.

Although the Thunder bench boss alerted the assembled media to the fact that Washington wasn’t just pouring in 27 “game plan points,” much of his money came in the flow of the game with transition buckets, cuts and post-ups. Cleaning up their defense sets up Washington’s fantastic team for a solid showing on offense.

“We can’t overreact, you can’t look at the box score and say ‘we need to completely change what we’re doing, but are we going to make changes? Absolutely.’

Those changes have yet to be seen as we await the tipoff of Game 4 between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Dallas Mavericks in the second round of the NBA Playoffs, as OKC hopes to tie the series together at two games apiece.

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