Despite the next 40-point game, there was at least a little criticism of Luka Doncic after the loss in game 3 against the Warriors. This is not understandable. Certain issues just can’t be solved in Dallas Golden State, meanwhile have other concerns. Insight into Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals.
1. Dallas Mavericks: Criticism of Luka Doncic is absurd
After the third defeat in a row against the Warriors, several statistics appeared on social networks, which should at least begin to indicate that a large part of the blame could be found in Luka Doncic. To put this in context: He had just played his eighth playoff game with at least 40 points (though 21 of them came in the final quarter when it was too late).
The numbers given: With Doncic on the field, the net rating against the Warriors is -18 in 79 minutes (from-rating: 112.0; def-rating: 130), without him the value shoots up to +36.7 in 26 minutes (Off- Rating: 136.7; Def-Rating: 100). In addition, six of Doncic’s eight games with 40 points were lost, most recently four in a row. Only Rick Barry can boast of a similarly long streak.
After the match, Doncic was, as usual, self-critical: “I played really badly in the first three quarters. It’s my fault.” He then referred to the aspect that all critics should keep in mind: “I am only 23 men. I still learn a lot. After the season, whenever it is, I will look back and learn a lot. It is my first conference final. None expected us here. The Warriors play great, everyone knows their role. “
Additionally, the numbers – though Doncic tends to take a heavy throw for many and sometimes make the wrong decision – can be explained: His minutes largely match those of Stephen Curry and Andrew Wiggins, the best warriors in the series so far. In the minutes against Thompson, Green plus the reserves, Dallas looked much better and there was also extensive garbage time in Game 1.
And most importantly: Doncic can hardly be blamed for the Mavericks not hitting a charging door from a distance in games 1 (22.9 percent, 11/48) and 3. Again and again the Slovenian found the open shooter in the early stages of last night , again and again the ball hit the ring. While he still got 4/9 threes, his colleagues, with few exceptions, did nothing at all. The negative examples: Maxi Kleber (0/5) and Reggie Bullock (0/7).
To put the defeats on a young man who led his team into the conference final without a clear second and put up 31.4 points, 94 rebounds and 6.5 assists with nearly 47 percent from the field is absurd. Doncics coach Jason Kidd also made it clear that the current playoff game for Dallas was “just the beginning of our journey”: “It’s cool to experience it, but it’s not the end.”
2. Warriors: Despite the curry gala, the stage belongs to Wiggins
Interviews after the game were dominated by Andrew Wiggins despite Stephen Curry’s strong performance (Kerr: “He was brilliant today. It’s impressive to see him.”) First and foremost, of course, it was due to his insane thump over Luka Doncic in the fourth quarter, probably the best of the playoffs so far. At first, referee Marc Davis considered it an offensive mistake, but after the Warriors challenged, the referee team changed their decision.
According to Klay Thompson, Wiggins looked like Dominique Wilkins, Green made the can even more meaningful because it was completed via a Superstar – and Curry said, “It was amazing. And we saw 800 repetitions because of the challenge. So thank you, Marc. It was nice. ” Wiggins himself said he “just felt the energy. The ring was all I saw.”
Doncic, who Wiggins pushed aside with his forearm as usual, had only words of praise left: “I was hit a little, but I will not lie: it was impressive. I saw it again in the video and thought to myself.: Wow, it could be me too. “
But it’s important to emphasize: Wiggins also delivered an excellent performance beyond dunk, finishing the game with a playoff career of 27 points and coming off the field on a strong 11/20. He also had 11 rebounds and had the best plus / minus of all players (+22). In this regard, he even stands at +66 across the series, followed by Curry at +57. “It’s great to see that he can shine like that on the biggest stage,” he said of his colleague.
Especially at the beginning of the series he proved to be an extremely useful defender against Doncic, in game 3 he showed his best offensive performance. He snatched 6 of his 11 rebounds on the offensive board, and in the fourth quarter he lowered a particularly important one directly into the basket. Previously, he had shown his class from the middle class and in the zone, while the three-pointer refused to fall compared to the previous two matches (but was 39.2 percent across the series).
“I love it. It’s the biggest stage to play on and bring out the best in everyone,” Wiggins said of the playoffs, which will likely see the Warriors advance to the grand finale. Because Thompson’s throws rarely dropped as usual, Green delivered only conditionally and Jordan Poole had a weak day, Wiggins’ top performance could not have come at a better time. And there was also praise from the highest authority: “Andrew Wiggins plays the best basketball he’s ever played”said Magic Johnson.