Mavericks news: JJ Redick on Luka Doncic, Mavs climb in Power Ranks, more

Dallas Mavericks, JJ Redick, Luka Doncic
Dallas Mavericks, JJ Redick, Luka Doncic / Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Dallas Mavericks superstar Luka Doncic just keeps putting up video game numbers as the team has won seven straight games. He has scored 50-plus in three of his last six games, including a never before done 60-point 20-rebound triple-double against the Knicks. It has been an all-time great stretch from the 23-year-old superstar that has the Mavs back in the top four in the Western Conference.

Fans are wondering what Luka can do next. He started out slow against the Rockets on Monday as he struggled to find his jumper before exploding in the second half to help Dallas win. Doncic finished with 39 points, 12 rebounds, and eight assists on an off night. It is nothing short of otherworldly what he is doing right now.

Luka’s former teammate JJ Redick talked about Doncic and the Mavericks on his podcast the Old Man and the Three. The conversation began about Luka’s incredible run before morphing into what the Mavs need moving forward. It is a must-listen for all MFFLs.

Redick mentions that the Mavericks can be top three in the West with their current roster, but they need more talent to be true title contenders. He mentions Bradley Beal, Pascal Siakam, and Zach LaVine as potential second stars Dallas could acquire.

They also discussed their rebounding and rim protection woes, and what that means for their chances of making a postseason run.

More Mavericks news

Luka Doncic shared some behind-the-scenes footage from his episode of Dude Perfect. Number 77 knocked the episode out of the park, and he clearly had some fun shooting it. Check out the behind-the-scenes content below.

The Athletic released their latest Power Rankings (subscription required) on Jan. 2, and the Mavericks moved up to seventh. That is their highest mark of the season after their impressive six-game winning streak that went to seven after the article was posted. No team is looking forward to facing Dallas right now, and they could keep climbing in the power rankings with a strong week.

NBA news

Donovan Mitchell stole the headlines on Monday night by dropping 71 points in an overtime win over the Chicago Bulls. It was the most points in an NBA game since Kobe Bryant dropped 81 in 2006, and tied for the eight-highest scoring performance in league history. Mitchell got on an incredible heater and it is a must-watch game for any NBA fan who missed it live.

Mitchell’s 71 overshadowed Klay Thompon’s 54-point game in a win over the Hawks. Thompson made ten 3-pointers and looked like his old self. It was fantastic to watch a player who overcame a torn ACL and Achilles put up a monster performance like that. Klay is back, and the Warriors are looking dangerous again, despite their slow start to the season.

The Dallas Mavericks are back in action on Thursday night against the Boston Celtics. What can Luka Doncic do against the team with the best record in the NBA? Tune in to find out.

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