“I’m scarred by my Luka experience in Phoenix”

The Dallas Mavericks lost 112-87 to the Golden State Warriors in game 1 of Wednesday’s Western Conference finals. The Warriors took the win by a margin, with Luka Doncic having a low scoring record in the playoffs (20 points, 11.5 points below his average).

While it’s still too early to rule out the Mavericks, Steph Curry and Warriors are favorites to win the series and potentially win the title. The Mavs have come a long way and will be looking to claim as they have with every series so far in the knockout stages.

ESPN analyst Kevin Wildes said the Mavericks’ loss ‘doesn’t matter. After the Mavs’ comeback from the 2-0 loss to the Phoenix Suns, Wildes truly believes it would be unwise to leave them out.

“I’m scarred by my Luka experience in Phoenix.” – @kevinwildes explains why he thinks Luka will return:

He said that Doncic’s performance against the Sun still haunts him because he is scarred by the point guard and the team’s tenacity. He also revealed that the cut on the 23-year-old’s face made him nervous about what would happen in the following outings.

“I am scarred by my Luka experience in Phoenix,” Wildes said. “The Suns beat the Mavs 11-0, and I said, ‘Oh! We’re fine.’ Steve Kerr 19-1 and won game 1. That doesn’t matter anymore. And then I watched this video (the cut on Luka’s face), and I said, ‘Oh my gosh! I was starting to get a little worried. ‘”


Will the Dallas Mavericks win game 2 against the Golden State Warriors?

Luka Doncic of the Dallas Mavericks reacts to the Golden State Warriors during game 1 of the Western Conference finals at Chase Center on Wednesday in San Francisco, California
Luka Doncic of the Dallas Mavericks reacts to the Golden State Warriors during game 1 of the Western Conference finals at Chase Center on Wednesday in San Francisco, California

The Golden State Warriors will host Game 2 against the Dallas Mavericks on Friday night. Games 3 and 4 will be played Sunday and Tuesday at the American Aviation Center in Dallas.

Mav was used to a series of defeats and victories. Such was the case with the Utah Jazz in the first round and the Phoenix Suns in the second. They were bound to make the streak a lot more difficult for the Warriors, a much tougher opponent than the Memphis Grizzlies.

Kevin Wildes believes the team can win Game 2, and so do a few other analysts. While this is not impossible, the Warriors will be looking to win both games at home and fight along the way.

With one of the best marksman collections in the league, the Warriors have proven themselves to be a killer. Plays could be made through Curry, Klay Thompson, or Jordan Poole, but the Mavericks rely solely on plays made around 2019’s Rookie of the Year.

While that could be seen as a weak point in their game if Doncic is heavily shut down, the three-time All-Star has repeatedly shown he is defenseless.


Edited by Joseph Schiefelbein

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