Luka Doncic Dominates as Mavericks Advance to NBA Final

Luka Doncic Dominates as Mavericks Advance to NBA Final

On Thursday, he put in a successful demonstration, the Timberwoles, although renowned for their defense, being reduced to watching the balls fly and land in their basket from the first minutes of the match. Rudy Gobert finished the game with 9 points and 5 rebounds.

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Unstoppable, Doncic alone had more points than Minnesota at the end of the first quarter (20 for Doncic, 35 for Dallas, 19 for Minnesota).

In trying to put out the fire, the Wolves freed up space for the Slovenian’s partners, notably Kyrie Irving (also 36 points), and were never able to get back into the game.

“I wanted to set the tone, at the start of the match they don’t necessarily put two defenders on me,” commented Doncic.

“Luka (Doncic) set the tone in attack and defense. He was ready to play! », appreciated his coach Jason Kidd, champion as a player in 2011 with Dallas.

“We followed him. We played at a very high level. Luka knew how to remain aggressive then Kyrie Irving joined the party. After a less good match 4 they bounced back with class, in the middle of a great collective effort. »

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The blow is hard for the Wolves, although they were well launched by major successes over Phoenix (4-0) then the reigning champion Denver (4-3). But with broken leaders and a physical appearance seemingly blunted, they only found the key once against Dallas in Game 4.

Luka Doncic, essential boss of the Mavericks well accompanied by the experienced Kyrie Irving, will have the opportunity in the final to write a new page in his already crazy career, he who is only 25 years old.

A hot final against Boston

A true basketball genius, the Slovenian was already a major player for Real Madrid for success in the tough Euroleague in 2018, he was 19 years old, before being drafted third by Atlanta and sent directly to Dallas that same year.

In six NBA seasons, the 2017 European champion with Slovenia has accumulated impressive statistics in 400 regular season matches (28.7 points on average) and 45 play-off matches (31 points on average).

A formidable attacker (skillful in shooting, effective with his feints near the basket), Doncic was the top scorer in the 2023-2024 regular season (33.9 points), being beaten only by the Serbian Nikola Jokic for the title of MVP.

A great leader, the Slovenian contests every refereeing whistle and loves the “trash talk” dear to the NBA, as he showed again on Thursday after a great action by yelling at the famous rapper Snoop Dogg, who had the misfortune of titillating him from the front row.

Doncic will have to sublimate himself in the final against the Celtics, who start favorites with home advantage and after having wandered into the play-offs in the East (4-1 against Miami then Cleveland, 4-0 against Indiana).

During their two confrontations in 2024, Dallas lost twice (in January then in March) against the “C’s”.

“Our defense will be the key against the best NBA team,” warned the Slovenian.

The final, which will begin on June 6 in Boston, promises to be hot, especially between the noisy Massachusetts crowd and leader Kyrie Irving, who left Boston on bad terms in 2019.

In the other direction, Latvian pivot Kristaps Porzingis, injured for a month, should make his return and bring an additional threat to Boston, against his former franchise (2019-2022).

2024-05-31 18:14:27
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