The Dallas Mavericks defeated the Golden State Warriors 122-113 behind a 41-point double-double from superstar Luka Doncic. It was his sixth 40-point game of the season, and he was one assist shy of his tenth triple-double.
Doncic won Western Conference Player of the Month for February, and he has been unstoppable. Over the last 20 games, the 23-year-old star averaged 32.2 points, 10.1 rebounds, 9.0 assists, and 1.3 steals in 37.0 minutes per game. Luka is shooting 46.6 percent from the field, 37.7 percent on his threes, and 74.6 percent from the free-throw line.
The 6’7 point guard is taking his game to another level. He made significant defensive improvements last offseason, and Doncic continues to work on his jumper. The 23-year-old talked about adding a new move to his arsenal after Thursday’s win over the Warriors, and it could be the key to making Luka the best player in the NBA.
Luka Doncic is working on a new offensive weapon
Fans know that Doncic has a deadly step back to his left. It is the move that he has busted out for his game-winners, including in the 2020 playoffs over the LA Clippers. Luka is working on a new wrinkle with his step back that fans saw against the Warriors.
Doncic missed the shot, but the confidence to take it in the game is the first step. Luka had this to say about the shot in his postgame presser after being asked about it by ESPN's Tim MacMahon.
"I think that is going to be really important for me, and I’ve been working on it. You see it a couple of times. Obviously, it is not as good as the left, but keep working, and I think that is going to be a big improvement for me."
MacMahon followed up by asking Doncic how much he has worked on the move, and Luka made it clear that it will be a point of emphasis this summer as he searches for counters to teams overplaying him to the left.
Fans saw how Doncic's added mid-range shots, including the Dirk Nowitzki signature one-legged fadeaway, took his game to another level. The step back to his right will likely have a similar impact when he is able to sink them at a high clip.
Luka Doncic is going to keep improving his game, and that is a scary thought for the rest of the NBA. Fans know the Dallas Mavericks are already a problem and no team is looking forward to taking them on. Improving his game and the roster around him could make the Mavs a serious title contender in short order. Luka’s step back to the right is a development to watch down the stretch.