WHEN: Sunday, January 13th; 4:00 p.m.
WHERE: American Airlines Center — Dallas, TX
LISTEN: 95.7 The Game
Blog Buddy: Mavs Moneyball
Luka Doncic is taking the NBA by storm, folks. This 19-year old sensation is averaging 20 points, 6.7 rebounds and 5 assists per game. He also has a knack for coming up big in crunch time moments, as demonstrated most recently by his game winning step back dagger over Minnesota’s center Karl-Anthony Towns.
Wild sequence here at end of the Wolves-Mavs game.— Tommy Beer (@TommyBeer) January 12, 2019
Also, despite being just 40 games into his NBA career, opposing announcers already say “oh no” as soon as Luka Doncic takes a clutch shot.
Luka with 29 points, including 7 straight in crunch time pic.twitter.com/2xpnRUgW3X
Oh yeah, he also did this to Josh Okogie.
Oh no, look what Luka Doncic did to Josh Okogie pic.twitter.com/xEv1jd68WX— Roger, Huh? (@DFSBBallGuy) January 12, 2019
SB Nation’s Matt Ellentuck went in depth to describe Doncic’s sparkling ascension into a rookie assassin:
There have been other great European players, including Doncic’s teammate Dirk Nowitzki, but it took time for them to find their footing in the NBA. Doncic, on the other hand, is an instant phenomenon...launching the Dallas Mavericks into playoff contention despite a flawed roster around him. He’s stealing all of the spotlight from the rest of his (excellent) draft class in the way fans care about.
All things equal, the NBA promotes the flashy players, the heat-checkers, the cut-throaters. Doncic brings all that flare, as well as the numbers to back it up.
Did you know Doncic has more All-Star votes than Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant? The young phenom is 1-1 against the Warriors so far, nailing a game winner in Dallas, but also being knocked out of a down-to-the-wire rematch after he was injured falling into the Oracle crowd.
Draymond Green on Luka Doncic: “That dude good...he gonna be a problem...He’s lifted that franchise.” pic.twitter.com/Dfc5DG0TD0— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) December 23, 2018
The Warriors are riding a three game win streak with their last two victories coming by an average of 32 points. Their offense is red-hot and they lead the league in offensive rating per Basketball Reference. Their last two games with the Mavs were decided in the final minute of both contests, and it could very well go the same way again this afternoon.
Also, who can say no to a Harrison Barnes vs Kevin Durant battle?! “Black Falcon” vs “Slim Reaper”, next!