Dallas Mavericks: Player grades in first-round series vs. LA Clippers

Tyler Watts
Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic (Photo by Ashley Landis-Pool/Getty Images)
Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic (Photo by Ashley Landis-Pool/Getty Images) /
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Dallas Mavericks, Luka Doncic
Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) /

Dallas Mavericks playoff player grade: Luka Doncic

Grade: A+

Luka Doncic was the best player in a series that featured Kawhi Leonard and Paul George. That is no knock on either player. Kawhi was phenomenal in this series, but Doncic is that good.

The 21-year-old superstar averaged 31.0 points, 9.8 rebounds, 8.7 assists, and 1.2 steals in 35.8 minutes per game during his first NBA playoff series. He shot 50.0 percent from the field and 36.4 percent on his threes against the Clippers stellar defense. Luka got wherever he wanted on the floor and proved he is one of the NBA’s best players.

There were memorable games too. Doncic set a record for most points in a playoff debut with 42 in game one. He fought through a sprained ankle for the 43-point triple-double in game four which included a shot no Mavericks fan will forget. Luka had 38 points, nine rebounds, and nine assists in game six. He kept Dallas in the game before a late Clippers runs sealed it.

It was an A-plus series for Luka Doncic. He was incredible. The Mavericks defeated the Clippers to tie the series at two games apiece without Kristaps Porzingis led by an injured Luka willing his team. The best is yet to come from the 21-year-old.

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