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Mavericks: Does it matter if Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis are close?

Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic Kristaps Porzingis Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic Kristaps Porzingis Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
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Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic Kristaps Porzingis Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Why the talk about Mavericks stars Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis might be nothing

Fans have been speculating about the relationship between the Mavericks’ two stars, but there is no definitive proof. Much of the speculation is fueled by a lack of on-court interactions, Porzingis’ body language, and the Unicorn’s answers to question. There has been no public criticism or definitive reporting.

I’d argue fans are reading the tea leaves a bit too hard here. The Mavericks team chemistry was lauded last season. They decided against making a trade at the deadline because they wanted to keep the group together. The front office made moves in the offseason, but Jalen Brunson tweeted this just last month.

Would the vibes be positive if the two Mavericks’ two stars were not getting along? On April 16, Brunson gave quotes to Tim Cato in The Athletic (subscription required) about the team’s locker room and specifically the relationship between Luka and KP. Fans should read the piece, but Brunson noted that the locker room is “great”. He also discussed how the Mavericks are still trying to build team chemistry and the challenges the pandemic has put on that.

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It is difficult to fathom that the relationship between Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis is bad if the Dallas Mavericks locker room has such positive vibes. Fans are overthinking this one. The Mavs could quiet the noise with a strong finish to the regular season and deep playoff run. Stay tuned to see how it all shakes out.

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