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Luka Doncic's defensive issues, remember young Nowitzki

Luka Doncic’s defensive issues, remember young Nowitzki

The sun will use Luka as a target. Dirk Nowitzki was treated like this in the past, and it didn’t get better until he learned to take it and persevere. Jason Kidd said that it was a weight called star. At this moment, Kidd knew he had to play a blackface in order to take his beloved Lone Ranger to the next level. 

Defensive issues Luka Doncic must overcome, head coach Jason Kidd remembers young Dirk Nowitzki
Defensive issues Luka Doncic must overcome, head coach Jason Kidd remembers young Dirk Nowitzki

After a tragic second-game losing streak, the Mavericks defeated the Suns 103-94 at home to avoid falling into a 0-3 absolute disadvantage, making the 37th birthday of the opposing leader Chris Paul less than perfect.

Luka Doncic showed strong aggression, scoring 26 points, 13 rebounds, 9 assists, and 2 steals, and almost finished his fourth playoff big three.

It’s not easy for Luka to overcome the foul trouble in the second half. Facing CP3’s experienced diving and Mikail Bridges’ tenacious close defense, it must be even more headache. Fortunately, he survived, and shared a hard-won victory with Jalen Brunson, who scored 28 points in a single game.

Because of the lead in the third quarter and Reggie Bullock hitting a three-pointer from the corner at a critical moment, the Suns’ counterattack at the end of the game failed, and the Lone Ranger struggled to end the 11-game losing streak between the two sides.

According to statistics, in the best-of-seven NBA playoffs, only 31 teams in history can overcome the 0-2 series lag, with a reversal probability of 7.1%. The Lone Ranger can only be regarded as a temporary breather.

However, the good news is that including Doncic and Brunson, the team has a total of 6 players who scored in double figures. The substitute Maxi Kleber played 32 minutes and 54 seconds, made 2 of 4 three-pointers, and contributed 14 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists. , 3 block offense, offensive and defensive performance is comprehensive.

Although the mood was slightly affected, it was a good phenomenon that Doncic received a lot of Austrian aid on the offensive side, so he didn’t have to fight alone.

I knew I had to do better, Doncic said. Defensively this season, I think I’ve grown, so I have to give it back to the team and play better than the previous game.

Going back to the practice period, Jason Kidd also took a little drug, and pointed out the disadvantage of Doncic’s calling more directly. This will make teammates need to constantly rotate and help defend to protect him, so Kidd expects him to use more refreshments.

He’s gotta be defensive, it’s not a secret that can’t be told, Kidd said slightly harshly.

The Suns would target Luka every time they played the pick-and-roll. That’s what opponents used to do with Dirk Nowitzki, and it didn’t get better until he took it and stuck with it.

Of course you can call for help when you need help, but you have to be participate. Luka has to do that defensively, he’s proven he can do it, so Game3 he has to work harder.

The so-called Strict teachers produce high-level students, loving mothers and more defeated children, Jason Kidd’s tone is indeed a bit heavy, but whether it is from old teammates Dirk Nowitzki or Luka Doncic, he has seen a similar process – that is called star required weight.

For the Mavericks, for the Lone Ranger, he must play a black face. Only in this way can the disciples and the team grow and move to a higher level.

Perhaps this is severe love. The young Luka also responded quickly, living up to the expectations of head coach Jason Kidd.

Despite a slight drop in shooting percentage, Doncic still showed his versatility, quickly scoring 7 points, 7 rebounds, and 5 assists, helping the team achieve the largest lead in the series.

He was tougher on the defensive end and kept shouting to the home fans to motivate himself. Of course, his protests with the referee were also indispensable, and even when he disagreed with the blowing of the sentence, he made a gesture of receiving money, showing his dedication to winning and losing.

In addition, Luka also made an appointment for the highlight shot of the night. After falling, he still did not give up the attack. He could also send assists for his teammates when he fell sitting on the ground, allowing Dorian Finney-Smith to cut in and score. That scene was reminiscent of Magic Johnson’s passing, and it was incredible.

Although it is said that three days away from Shibei, I am impressed, but we still can’t expect too much from Luka’s situation, and there will be a significant improvement in such a short period of time. We saw his intentions, but the referee’s whistle did not let him go.

With 5 minutes and 14 seconds left in the third quarter, Luka swallowed the fourth foul of the game and had to leave the game early. Less than 4 minutes into the last quarter, his personal five fouls were released quickly, and his opponent Jae Crowder was really superior.

Although Luka Doncic lost his temper a bit, the coaching staff did not allow him to challenge him. After all, there are still more than 8 minutes to play in the game, and the team is temporarily leading 90-73. As long as they can exchange time for space, it is a good strategy to hold on.

Later, the teammates did not let Doncic down. When he returned again, the team still maintained a double-digit lead, and the final four and a half minutes did not collapse and successfully accepted the victory.

I don’t think the ball was a foul, Doncic added. After all, it’s the playoffs now, and it’s a moment of unavoidable physical collision, a fifth offense like that… huh, I really don’t remember what age was the last time someone was bragged like that.

Even Kidd could only scratch his head, not knowing what to say, but he must have seen Doncic’s efforts.

Thanks to their excellent team defense this season, the Mavericks never let their opponents score 120 points in two straight games, but the Phoenix Suns ruthlessly destroyed the record in the first two games, forcing coach Jason Kidd to make adjustments.

The result is that they only scored 94 points in Game3, which was a new low for the team in a single game this season. As for the team’s shooting percentage of 44.4%, it was the first time in the playoffs this year that it was lower than 50%.

In order to deal with Devin Booker and CP3, Frank Ntilikina got the opportunity to play, play a defensive special like Josh Green, use up the opponent’s stamina for a limited time, and minimize the damage when Doncic is not on the court.

As for the $25,000 pre-league fine — for the Mavericks encroaching the field during the game — the team hasn’t been affected too much. Theo Pinson and Tim Hardaway Jr. are still working hard to cheer for their teammates on the court, boss Mark Cuban is as energetic as ever and doesn’t seem to be too concerned.

Bottom-rebound Jalen Brunson thinks he’s find a way to break through, but he can’t be complacent. The coaching team has designed more singles opportunities for him, which is obviously effective, and maybe he can continue to experiment in the future.

The next meeting between the two sides is on May 9, Taiwan time. Luka Doncic must try to make the defense more quality, and his teammates need to provide more stable fire support and play steadily step by step in order to get rid of the current backward situation.

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