Doncic recital (34 + 13 + 9 + 4) at Michael Jordan's house

Carlisle surrenders to his star ("he may be one of the best ever"). The Slovenian's block record on the night of Porzingis' return.


All is happiness in Dallas Mavericks, a lot of credit when it is one of the franchises that is suffering the most severe problems derived from the pandemic and those already due to routine misfortunes due to "NBA health and safety protocols". After days off and having a mid-rotation out of the group (John Richardson, Finney Dorian Finney-Smith, Maxi Kleber, Dwight Powell, Jalen Brunson), the Mavs were able to travel to Carolina and ran over some Hornets, Michael Jordan's franchise. , which added four victories in a row. The same streak that the Texans have, who have gone from a poor 2-4 to a 6-4. For his rival tonight (93-104 which sounds tighter than it was) it is a 6-6 that still seems absolutely worthy.

The big news was the return of Kristaps Porzingis, of course. The Latvian unicorn, on whose knees it depends how far the ceiling of these Mavericks can rise, hit a triple at the minute and peak of the game and did, with symptoms still being a bit rusty, what he always does: intimidate, score over much smaller defenders (4/9 in triples, 16 points, 4 rebounds and 2 blocks in 21 minutes) and open the court to facilitate penetration routes for Doncic. The Slovenian, who is definitely at his best, thanked him in his own way: 34 points, 13 rebounds, 9 assists ... and 4 blocks, the ceiling of his NBA career, of course. 14/25 in shots, 5/9 in triples, the defensive activity that many claimed for this season, tremendous minutes in the third quarter (16 points, 8 rebounds) when the Hornets tried to come back and total control of the game, with aim on the outside and a devastating effectiveness going to the rim. After the game, Rick Carlisle (800 victories as a coach, his 16th in the NBA) once again surrendered to his great star: “His numbers have been impressive… and he has played even better. You have the option to be one of the best ever. For his talent and his stats, of course, but also for his leadership and the way he behaves on the track. ”

Beyond a pair of stars who share the track again (I insist: the best news) the Mavericks proved that they are one of the deepest blocks in the NBA. Plagued by casualties, they contributed not only the headlines (well Hardaway, Cauley-Stein worker) but also the reserves: Marjanovic, Burke, Johnson, the rookie John Green ... an impeccable collective work to stop some Hornets that were very, very under of his level of the last games. A bad start (16-32 in the first quarter) and disadvantages of up to 22 points in the first half in which the Mavericks forced losses and barely added them, scored on the outside at a good pace and found comfortable positions in an area where, without Zeller, Biyombo is a weak link. The rest was soothing and the third quarter promising, with the lead reduced to 9 points before Doncic took back command of operations and quelled the rebellion and, bad news, Gordon Hayward leaving with a hip injury. LaMelo Ball had one of those days when he seemed very rookie: 4 points and 5 assists with 0/4 on 3s. Rozier scored 18 without dishing assists and Washington and Hayward 16 per head, but the Hornets were faced with reality after a few days at an outstanding level. His season is still very good ... the Mavericks could end up being excellent.

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