Takeaway from Dallas Mavericks WCF Game 2 loss to Warriors: 1. Luka goes off
Luka Doncic had 42 points, five rebounds, eight assists, three steals, and one block in 38 minutes of action in Game 2. He made 12 of 23 from the field, including five 3-pointers, and going 13 of 15 from the foul line. It was Luka’s seventh 40-point playoff game of his young career, and he was battling an illness and some shoulder pain coming into the contest.
Doncic made a mistake in the third quarter that allowed the Warriors to get back into the game. He was having success attacking Andrew Wiggins and Golden State’s guards in the first half, but Dallas had him bring Kevon Looney back into the pick and rolls in the third quarter, and it simply did not work. The Mavs stopped getting into the paint and their offense faltered.
It was an incredible performance from number 77, but the team’s defense was just not good enough. They could not get stops in the fourth quarter as the Warriors won their second straight game.
The Dallas Mavericks blew a massive lead and lost a game where Luka Doncic went off. Both are bad omens for winning this series, but they are far from eliminated. Doncic proved he can go off no matter what Golden State throws at him, and it will be the team’s defense that determines if the Mavs can advance.