Kemba Walker, about to work the miracle without Doncic on the court

It seemed like a day thrown away by the Mavericks and it ended up being the sea of ​​entertaining. The team faced cleveland the second match of a back to back weekend that had led the Blazers to win hours before and that measured them against some Cavaliers with whom, four days apart, they had already lost recently. They did it with many reservations, especially considering the squad they presented themselves with: Maxi Kleber is their long-term absence, Josh Green had a sore elbow, Davis Bertans was ill and Dwight Powell, Spencer Dinwiddie and Luka Doncic did not play either, all three with discomfort in their legs. The Texans coach had decided to almost give up this match against one of the leaders of the Eastern Conference. But that almost is important, and in the NBA these situations occur a lot, because the rosters are large and there will always be someone wanting to vindicate themselves.. Well, not only did they take the game to overtime, but they lost by just one point. (100-99) at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse this Saturday. Kemba Walker, who entered the roster recently removing Facu Campazzo from it, he demonstrated why he still has that spice in his blood: 32 points, 5 rebounds, 7 assists and the basket that led to overtime this duel.

Kidd’s lack of confidence in Christian Wood and JaVale McGee led him to a crossroads in which he ended up opting for the former. And luckily because he is another of those who is wanting. They signed him to be important and the coach, for the moment, does not fully trust what he can contribute to the rest. On a day of absences he touched her yes or yes and he gave it his all. His role was important when it came to opening spaces in the interior defense of the Cavaliers, where a great intimidator like Jarrett Allen resides, whom he managed to nullify that effect.

With the five starters exceeding forty minutes of play, the Mavs achieved a more than interesting symbiosis. They were ahead and held off the comeback when it came. They started well with Kemba, who had that space generated in the zone to penetrate and be able to build off of his speed. The point guard not only won when he kept the opponent’s big one, but also when the main defender -Darius Garland- tried to contain him. With his points the first advantages began. In the second quarter he reached +6 and in the third he reached ten after a triple by Finney-Smith (11). The one who had started to show his face against Walker was Garland (18) and that power in attack was occupied after the break by Mitchell (25), his teammate backcourt; between them they were defended very well on the outside, forced to a horrible 1/17 in triples, and even the quality of the former Jazz’s penetrations was not enough to break the visitors on the scoreboard. Wood (26 + 14) was doing terrible damage taking his brands out of the paint and punishing with outside shots to which he had a minimum of space. It was in the fourth period when Mobley (17), one of the affected interiors, stepped forward in attack and made the Cavaliers great during the decisive minutes. The omelette had been turned around in the last four. Wood, with a triple and a free throw, tempered everyone’s nerves and sent them into orbit as they were leaving. The free throws left an escape route for Dallas to have one last chance, in which they sent Walker against Wood in open space and the point guard – with non-existent help from the rest of the cavaliers– broke the pivot to end regulation time with a layup. To overtime with 96-96.

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A three-pointer from Walker just opening the extension made the Cavs tremble. They were seeing a kind of reincarnation of that player who marveled at the Hornets and who until a few weeks ago was without a team. Who could have said it. There were only two baskets to face him, a shot from LeVert and a one-handed dunk from Allen. In the last two minutes there was no more success, with the Mavericks running out of gas in the tank, the Texans had a final opportunity, but Hardaway refused responsibility.

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