3-time NBA Champion reveals secret recipe for Luka Doncic and Mavs to win Finals

Dallas Mavericks, Luka Doncic
Dallas Mavericks, Luka Doncic / Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports

The Dallas Mavericks will try to make history starting tomorrow, as they'll attempt to battle back from a 0-2 hole in the 2024 NBA Finals to defeat the Boston Celtics.

Dallas knows what it feels like to be in this position, as they battled back from being down 0-2 in the 2022 NBA Playoffs to defeat the Phoenix Suns in seven games, and now they have to do it again just over two years later.

With Kyrie Irving struggling in the first two games, the Mavs have leaned heavily on Luka Doncic. Doncic finished with a 32-point triple-double in Game 2, but it still wasn't enough. No one else outside of Doncic stepped up, and one former NBA Champion center revealed what he thinks Doncic needs to do for the Mavs to get back on track in these Finals.

Kevon Looney thinks Luka Doncic needs to get role players more involved to win Finals

Kevon Looney of the Golden State Warriors joined teammate Draymond Green's podcast "The Draymond Green Show," and talked about adjustments that the Mavs need to make going forward.

He said he thinks Doncic needs to get his role players involved more. Looney has won three NBA Championships with the Warriors over his career, but he may be missing the point on why the Mavs are down 0-2 in this series.

Looney dove into how it's harder for role players to get going late in the game if they don't get a layup or dunk in the first quarter, and although that's true, the struggles of the role players are not Doncic's fault.

Sure, Doncic turned the ball over way too much in Game 2, but that doesn't mean he wasn't trying to get those around him involved. His co-star, Irving, was struggling, and no one else around him was making shots.

The shooting of the role players in the first two games has been a huge weakness, and Looney isn't wrong that the role players need to get involved more early, but that shouldn't fall on Doncic's shoulders.

Doncic played aggressively just as he typically does to start Game 2, but those around him were providing little help. P.J. Washington has been solid in both of the first two games, but outside of him, the Mavs have been getting considerably outplayed when comparing Dallas' role players to the Celtics'.

This series is nowhere close to being over, and a Mavericks win tomorrow would make this series interesting. The increased level of play from role players could be the secret recipe for the Mavs to win this series, and only time will tell who will step up for Dallas.

For all the latest on Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks throughout the 2024 NBA Finals against the Boston Celtics, stay tuned.