Dallas Mavericks have defeated the Phoenix Suns, the best team of the league, in the Conference Semifinals. The main responsible for it is Luka Doncic, a player that is destined for greatness. Will he be able to win the ring and overcome the legacy of Dirk Nowitzki?
Unstoppable in the Playoffs:
The Slovenian ended the season averaging 28.4 points, 9.1 rebounds and 8.7 assists per game, which are very completed stats that prove his high playing level. As the Mavericks ended 4th, he faced off the Utah Jazz, where he averaged 29 points, 10.7 rebounds and 5.7 assists per game in order to win the series 4-2.
The Phoenix Suns have had their best season in history and were firm candidates to win the ring, but Luka Doncic had other plans for them. A series that seemed unbalanced due to the brilliant level of the Suns ended up going to Game 7, where neither the Slovenian nor the Mavericks showed mercy. Doncic finished the series with 32.6 points, 9.9 rebounds and 7 assists per game.
The series against the Phoenix Suns have left us with a new rivalry between Devin Booker and Luka Doncic that we expect plenty of time to last. In the first series they have faced each other off, the win has gone to the side of the player from the Mavericks. What will happen next time they play?
Next goal: the ring
The next challenge for the Dallas Mavericks is to take on the Golden State Warriors of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson. This is about to be a very even Conference Final where both teams will give it all in order to reach the NBA Finals.
If they manage to make it through, they will return to the Finals eleven years later. In 2011 the Dallas Mavericks played against the Miami Heat led by LeBron James and they got the win in the Game 6 of the series. Nowitzki was the MVP of the Finals with an average of 26 points, 9.7 rebounds and 2 assists per game.
Now Luka Doncic must take that step forward and prove that he is a player capable of repeating the feat of his predecessor and become a legend of the Mavericks. The Slovenian has the required level to make it happen.
Translated by Guillermo Bermejo.
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