In addition to averaging thirty-nine minutes on court in the last eight matches played in two weeks, a sore left ankle was right for participation. Luka Doncic Against the Thunder.
The Mavericks were playing for the second time in two days after their win against the Pelicans, and the player’s fourth time this season, so he preferred to take a breather rather than continue.
“Decision Begins with Luke”, Jason Kidd confirmed to the Dallas Morning News a few days ago. “We usually talk about it a week in advance, look at different scenarios, the calendar and choose a date. »
As on the previous three occasions, Luka Doncic therefore missed the second game in a row: on November 16 against Houston, then on December 10 at Chicago and finally on December 17 at Cleveland. And each time the result was the same: a loss for the Texans.
The announcement of his package against the Thunder changed everything for Mark Daigneault’s troops. And for good reason: Facing an element-less team averaging 34 points and 8.7 assists is clearly not the same.
“It’s different. I’m not going to come out with the usual coach talk that says it won’t change anything.” The Oklahoma City takes over coaching in Oklahoma City. “It’s completely different. He has more possession than anyone else in the league, he is irreplaceable. We don’t approach the match in the same way, but the score at the start is the same: 0-0. Whether he plays or not, we have to get this match. And the team showed its maturity and participation. »
“Our offense is playing at a very high level and there is room for improvement on defense. I think we are on the right track.”
Without Luka Doncic, the Mavericks are scoring just 103.5 points per game, almost eight below their current season average. It was especially evident in the second quarter against the Thunder, where Jason Kidd’s troops scored just 21 points on an ugly 6/20 shooting.
A symbol of this clumsiness is Tim Hardaway Jr., who missed nine of his first eleven attempts… “I take responsibility for this defeat” back says, again for the Dallas Morning News. “I have to be better during the match, especially without one of our best players. This is for me and no one else. This is how I see things. i will do better. »
For his part, Christian Wood did not want to focus on the Mavericks’ offensive problems in the absence of Luka Doncic to explain this failure. “This is our defense” inside estimates for the official franchise website. “We gave easy baskets near the circle. We shouldn’t have let Shai Gilgeous-Alexander start to his left, and he did that a lot. We were not in the balloons to be closed. »
This fourth loss in four games without an All-Star doesn’t bother Jason Kidd, who is holding on to the Mavericks’ record halfway through the regular season (23 wins for 18 losses).
“The season is long, we are in 41 matches and we have more than 50% of victories, it is a positive thing” reminds the coach. “Our offense is playing at a very high level and there is room for improvement on defense. I think we’re in the right car, fourth in the Western Conference. Hopefully we will be healthy. »
|Players||GM||Minimum||Shots||3 points||LF||Turn off||Def||Early||p.d||bp||Int||CT||party||Points|
|Tim Hardaway Jr.||38||28.5||38.7||36.2||78.9||0.3||2.8||3.1||1.6||0.9||0.9||0.1||1.5||13.8|
|Dorian Finney Smith||31||31.6||40.1||34.5||64.0||1.4||2.6||4.0||1.2||0.9||1.0||0.5||1.9||8.4|
|Mckinley Wright Iv||10||10.5||42.1||0.0||66.7||0.4||0.8||1.2||1.2||0.7||0.7||0.1||1.1||2.0|