The Dallas Mavericks lack superstar talent barring Doncic

The Dallas Mavericks were overtaken by the Golden State Warriors at both ends in the Western Conference finals, despite showing strong in the previous round.

In the series against the Phoenix Suns, there were matches where someone other than Luka Doncic appeared in the offensive phase – but against an enemy like the Warriors, the talent disparity was pretty stark.

The Warriors have taken a 3-0 lead in this series and the credit can be almost evenly distributed among more than five players. Meanwhile, the Mavericks can expect consistent performances from just one player on their roster, with the others stepping up being a case of luck – so far in the series.

Former Chicago Bulls player Jay Williams spoke of this parity between the two teams on “Keyshawn, JWill and Max,” when he said:

“Golden State’s fourth best player would probably be the number two for the Dallas Mavericks.

“Which way you want to rank them, it doesn’t matter – will probably be the second best player for the Dallas Mavericks.”

Game 2 is the closest the Mavericks have won in a game in the series. Outside of that game, all players without Doncic’s name found it difficult to participate.

Luka Doncic is leading the Dallas Mavericks in all categories, including rebounds – by a favorable margin over the team’s fake center back Dwight Powell.

On the other hand, Steph Curry is averaging 28.0 points, 8.3 rebounds and 6.7 assists while receiving meaningful help from multiple teammates. Jay Williams added:

“You have Draymond Green, who is directing the team. You have Klay, who is coming to life as he is supposed to come back to life. Andrew Wiggins. He is belittling Luka Doncic and at the same time shutting him down. “

Luka Doncic’s High Score Doesn’t Lead to Victory for Dallas Mavericks

Luka Doncic’s scoring ability is completely different, considering the ease with which he creates. The 23-year-old All-Star has averaged 34.0 points in his streak so far, including two 40-pointers, but not even one of his efforts has led them to a win.

Luka Doncic is 2-6 when scoring over 40 points in the playoffs.

Jalen Brunson and Spencer Dinwiddie, who were supposed to help Doncic at the end of the attack, weren’t consistent enough – further increasing Doncic’s responsibility. The Mavericks’ system has led to Doncic being compared to former NBA MVP James Harden, as Williams put it:

“It seems like, at one point, Luka was like a Slovenian version of James Harden where the ball was just in his hand – I was like ‘You have to move the ball.’

“And I started thinking about what this Dallas team needs to be, in order for them to get over the ledge – but that’s definitely not going to happen this year.”

The Mavericks were able to find a way to stop the Phoenix Suns in the previous installment, but the Warriors pose a very different challenge.

The Warriors’ offensive firepower seemed to be unmatched and they also managed to strengthen the defense. On the surface, the Dallas Mavericks would need to pull a rabbit out of a hat to stand any chance in this series.


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Emma Bowman

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