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Doncic takes revenge upon All-Star voting committee
Welcome to the first edition of Weekly Maverick’s Recap! While we are 50 games into the season, I will begin to write an update once a week over the Mavs performance. Hopefully, I will get to write these articles through the months of May, but we will likely have to upset a team like the Warriors to do so.
This week was what the title says, The Luka Show, as he played at an MVP level, scoring when needed and facilitating when called for.
January 25th @ Warriors
This game was a story of efficiency, as the Mav’s shot 15% worse than the Warriors. Against a team like Golden State, you are going to struggle to win shooting 35% from the field and being outrebounded by 19. Outside of Doncic, nobody on Dallas had a good shooting night, with Porzingis going 4-15 and 1-7 from three-point range. We actually won the turnover battle 11-14, but the Warriors were so efficient with their possessions that it did not matter. Given the next 2 games, this game was likely a fluke.
January 26th @ Blazers
When you lose by 40, then immediately travel to play a back-back, expectations are pretty low for a beat-up Mavs team. However, in typical fashion, we come out and get a decisive victory with a 132-point offensive showing. Doncic played incredibly, dishing out 15 assists and allowing his teammates to do the work, and do the work they did. You name em’, they shot well, Powell 5-5, Porzingis 8-18, Brunson 9-15, and as a team we shot 44% from three-point range. Our halfcourt defense was spectacular as well, as while we only forced 9 turnovers, we went on defensive runs that gave us a double-digit lead and we never lost it.
January 29th Vs Pacers
After two days off, the Mavs began right where they left off, destroying the lowly Pacers 132-105, this game was never particularly close, with the Mavs up double digits in the first quarter, and never lost it. Outside of defending Domantas Sabonis (which is a tough task), Dallas’ defense was stout, forcing the Pacers into tough shots all night, leading to 27% shooting from three for Indiana. Just like the Blazers game, you name a player, they played well Saturday with the Mavs shooting 47% from three and 53% overall. The only bad news from this game is Porzginis leaving early in the second quarter with knee soreness, and we are yet to see him since.
January 30th @ Magic
Sigh. I do not care if we are without Porzingis, we should not have lost this game. While it was not commanding, the Mavs held the lead for almost the entire game, until the Magic doubled Luka in crunch time. The Magic forced our role players to beat them, which they did not. The Mavs did not make a field goal for the final 5 minutes of the game, and it is not on Doncic. Maxi Kleber had 4 WIDE OPEN corner 3’s in the final 3 minutes and missed them all. Pair that with 18 turnovers, and you will have a loss to the 10-40 Orlando Magic.
This was not an especially poor week for the Mavs, however, we must take care of business against teams like the Magic, and cannot play down to our competition.