The Dallas Mavericks reached the Western Conference Finals behind an incredible run from superstar Luka Doncic. After missing the first three games of the postseason with a calf injury, Doncic returned and immediately proved his greatness. He averaged 31.7 points, 9.8 rebounds, 6.4 assists, and 1.8 steals per game as Dallas made the conference finals for the fifth time in franchise history.
The Mavs stormed to fourth in the West by having the second-best record in the NBA from Jan. 1 to the end of the regular season. They topped the Utah Jazz in the first round of the playoffs before upsetting the top-seeded Phoenix Suns round two. The Suns went up 2-0 and 3-2 in the series, but Dallas never quit. It was an incredible series where Doncic made his case for best player in the NBA.
Suns wing Mikal Bridges finished second in the Defensive Player of the Year voting, and he was tasked with the primary assignment on Doncic in the conference semifinals. The 6’6 wing joined the Old Man and the Three podcast where he talked about what made Luka special in their playoff series.
Mikal Bridges explains what makes Luka Doncic so difficult to stop
Bridges was asked about what Doncic did differently, and fans can hear his response below.
The 6’6 wing went in-depth about Doncic’s ability to get to the rim and involve his teammates in the play at his own pace. There is often talk about Luka doing too much, but he is one of the best shot creators in the league. Bridges notes that Doncic’s ability to get his teammates going threw him off early in the series.
J.J. Redick added that Luka has a special ability to throw the perfect pass in traffic. The Mavericks superstar keeps getting better, but he is unquestionably one of the best players in the NBA. There are a ton of things that make him special, and fans can be sure that Luka Doncic is working to add more this summer. Buckle up because this is just the beginning for Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks.