Dallas goes to the thinking corner. The team has crowned a tour of the East, which has raised its streak to four games without winning, with a weekend double that put them against a rock and a hard place. They were the Bucks, a lot of people’s favorites, like local and fresh. There was no choice. And this leaves Kidd’s with a balance of 9-10 in the West, getting negative in the classification as it happened in the first two weeks of competition.
The Nuggets, Celtics, Raptors and now the Bucks have forced the Mavericks out of a dangerous trail wherever they pass: doubts. The lack of contribution from the secondaries around their top star, the changes in the center with McGee and Powell, the complaints from Christian Wood for his little prominence, a defense far from last year… Let’s not forget that only the Warriors surpassed them in their conference, they are a referential set that for now is not looked at with fear. The debate is open. Now they have two days to regain strength before their next game, which is precisely against the Warriors (who are not very fine either).
Doncic can’t do it all. Another example was given again in this Fiserv Forum event, in which the Texans only made threats of a comeback and never decidedly went for the victory. And it was because they couldn’t. The champions of two seasons ago got rid of their rival with a score of 124-115 and with Antetokounmpo, motivated by the Slovenian player, being the leader and positioning his team as the favorite it is.
The Mavs booked Reggie Bullock in the fridge. It was the decision to make for this second game in two nights. Opportunity for Tim Hardaway to be a starter and little use: 2/8 in shots and -14 on the track. From the first minutes he seemed looser to the home team. First advantages of ten points thanks to outside shots. There are too many times that the Mavericks are in tow this year and the bills are paid more expensive when the one in front of you is a rival of the Bucks entity. The visitors had a good shooting night, but the locals simply had it better. Grayson Allen was the great protagonist with his 7/7 triple in the first 18 minutes, equaling the best mark of that nature in a half of a game in the last 25 seasons. What Giannis Antetokounmpo (30+11) absorbed was for teammates like him, which is why Doncic was quick to qualify him at the end as “the best in the NBA right now”. Dallas came close during some moments of the third quarter, until it got to a point (86-85, minute 31), but the answers were from the triple with Lopez, Carter and Connaughton or with an explosive dunk from the Greek all-rounder. Luka Doncic (27+12) found it impossible to throw himself at the opponent’s neck despite the good rhythm in long shots and without taking into account his six losses, he cannot carry so much weight and there are structural problems that he is not going to be able to solve from the field.