FILE – Dallas Mavericks’ Luka Doncic (77) and Kristaps Porzingis (6) celebrate a basket made against the Portland Trail Blazers on Oct. 27, 2019. Doncic, Porzingis, and Dorian Finney-Smith will rest against the Utah Jazz on Monday, the first game of a Mavericks back-to-back set. | Tony Gutierrez, AP
SALT LAKE CITY — The Dallas Mavericks will be without Luka Doncic, Kristaps Porzingis, and Dorian Finney-Smith, against the Utah Jazz on Monday, the first game of a Mavericks back-to-back set.
“He’s a great basketball player, makes his teammates better, talented, really talented. One of the most talented guys I’ve ever played against.” Reigning NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo on Mavericks star Luka Doncic.
If you look at this from the perspective of the Jazz needing to play against the best to gain more knowledge ahead of the playoffs, this development is not so great. If you look at it from the perspective of the Jazz needing to get another win under their belt and possibly continue experimenting with the rotation, this is great news for the Jazz, especially with Doncic out.
How good is Luka Doncic?
For the answer, look no further than what his coach, teammates, opposing coaches and the reigning league MVP are saying about the 21-year-old, 6-foot-7 Slovenian guard.
“He’s a great basketball player, makes his teammates better, talented, really talented.” Giannis Antetokounmpo said after the Dallas Mavericks beat the Milwaukee Bucks in overtime on Saturday. “One of the most talented guys I’ve ever played against.”
Doncic closed out Saturday with a game-high 36 points, a career-high 19 assists, 14 rebounds and just two turnovers. In just his second year in the league, he’s proven to be one of its most lethal players, especially with the ball in his hands.
Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle, despite being around Doncic every day, is consistently in …read more
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