On Sunday, the Dallas Mavericks took care of business against the New Orleans Pelicans with a 136-124 win. After the Mavericks dismantled the LA Clippers just two days prior, this felt like the first stretch that fans could look back on and call this team a legit playoff team.
Behind both Kyrie Irving and Luka Doncic, the Mavs have found themselves 8-2 just 10 games into the season and tied for first place at the top of the Western Conference. Irving hasn't missed a beat all season and continues to prove doubters wrong, even after a slow shooting start.
Doncic continues to showcase why he should be in the MVP conversation this season. Performance after performance, Doncic continues to put up bewildering numbers and is leading the Mavs to a handful of wins this season.
Mavericks star Luka Doncic posts mind-boggling stat that you wont believe
Doncic has even seemed to buy in on the defensive end of the floor. Fans can see the change in Doncic's defense as he has averaged over a steal a game through the first ten games. Additionally, in the advanced stats, Doncic looks very impressive.
According to the Dunkers Spot Podcast, Doncic has guarded the most iso possessions, and in those iso possessions, teams are only averaging .83 points per possession. Teams have been targeting Doncic's weak defense, but these are top-notch numbers coming from a player who has been historically bad on defense.
Having Doncic buy in on the defensive end is a sight most fans have been begging to see for many seasons. Having Doncic available on the defensive end and putting up above-average defensive stats has proven to be huge for the Mavericks, as they have won eight out of their first 10 games.
The Dallas Mavericks still have 72 games to play until the playoffs and continuing to see Doncic's engagement on the defensive end will be key for Dallas' potential playoff success.
The Mavericks will once again look to beat the Pelicans in Tuesday's In-Season Tournament game.
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