Dallas Mavericks: Luka Doncic committed to working hard and doing things right
By Tyler Watts
Dallas Mavericks: Luka Doncic committed to working hard and doing things right after blowout loss
The Dallas Mavericks entered the season with expectations, thanks in part to the superstar breakout of Luka Doncic. The 21-year-old is the betting favorite to win MVP, and the team is looking to advance to the second round of the playoffs for the first time since winning it all in 2011. Dallas improved their roster this offseason, and they expect to see the results on the floor.
The expectations have made their slow start more disappointing. The Mavericks dropped the first two games before storming back to win by 51 points over the LA Clippers. Fans thought the issues were fixed, but the Mavs were blowout by the Charlotte Hornets in their home opener on Wednesday night.
Luka Doncic did not play well. He finished with 12 points as the Hornets outhustled the Mavericks for an easy victory. Doncic had one game all of last season where he scored fewer than 12 points, and it was the night he sprained his ankle less than two minutes into the game. The 21-year-old was not happy about his performance, so he immediately went back to work.
Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic committed to working hard and doing things right
Doncic went back out on the court at the American Airlines Center and worked on his jumper for nearly 40 minutes after the home-opening loss. Fans can see some proof below.
That should tell fans all they need to know about Luka. He is going to work hard and get his jumper figured out. The two for 21 from 3-point range will not hang around long. Doncic is committed to making sure he fixes it.
He sat down with the press after his workout. Luka responded like this to being asked how he will break out of his slump.
"“Get shots up. I got to do way better. I am 21 and in my third season. I can improve so much, so I got to work on those shots every day. If I work on it, they are going to fall in eventually, so that is my point of view.”"
Fans can listen to his entire postgame interview here.
The slump won’t last long. It never does for Luka Doncic as the 21-year-old superstar irons things out quickly. His next chance is on New Year’s Day against the Miami Heat. The Dallas Mavericks will be looking to bounce back, so fans won’t want to miss it. Stay tuned.