5 things fans learned from Mavericks 1st game with Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving

Dallas Mavericks, Kyrie Irving, Luka Doncic
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Thing fans learned from Dallas Mavericks 1st game with Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving: 3. Green’s reached a new level

The Mavs traded Dorian Finney-Smith to the Brooklyn Nets to land Irving. They did not want to part with their best perimeter defender, but it was either him or Josh Green. Dallas kept the 22-year-old wing, and he is already rewarding them for that decision.

Green made his fifth straight start on Saturday night, and he continued his stellar play. In the first four, the 6’5 wing averaged 18.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, and 3.5 assists in 35.6 minutes per game. He dropped 23 points on eight of 12 shooting from the field on Saturday night and had five rebounds and one steal in the overtime loss.

The Mavericks need Green to play Dorian Finney-Smith’s role after the trade, and he is passing all the tests so far. The 22-year-old can handle the ball and make plays along with being a 3-and-D wing. He brings energy and hustle as he helps Dallas on both ends of the floor. The Mavs need him to do more, and Green has not had issues stepping up so far.

Fans know Josh Green is a hard worker, and it is all paying off. It is crazy to think that the 22-year-old struggled to crack the rotation as a rookie, and he was played off the floor in last year’s playoffs. Green has reached another level. He is going to start and play a key role moving forward, and fans should stay tuned to see where he improves next.