Luka Doncis will probably miss around two weeks according to various sources from inside the NBA. This is a major blow for the Mavs, but the important thing is that young superstar won’t be away for too long.
Doncic’s Unreal Impact on the Mavs
The reigning Rookie of the Year injured his ankle this Saturday against Miami. Doncic stepped on Kendrick Nunn’s foot during one attack and left lying on the floor. Afterward, he was escorted to the locker room, where medical staff examined the degree of his injury. Back then, the first X-rays were negative. Dallas lost that contest 122-118.
Many were worried about Luka’s ankle because the moment of the injury looked pretty bad. However, although two weeks is a significant period, that is nothing having in mind Doncic’s value to the team in the future.
Arguably the No.1 candidate for the MVP title this year has been magnificent so far. With 29.3 points, 9.6 assists and 8.9 boards, Luka’s impact on both the Mavs and the league was amazing. At only 20-years of age, he established himself as one of the most dominant ballers in the NBA.
With numerous records broken, and stats like only a few people in history posted, Doncic is on his way to becoming the biggest sensation basketball has seen in the last few decades. He already posted 8 triple-double this season, the most in the league, and while doing so, he had a streak of 20 games in a row with more than 20 points, 5 boards, and 5 assists, which is now interrupted. The only other player who achieved such a thing was Oscar Robertson.
Porzingis Needs to Step Up
Kristaps Porzingis will need to take over the wheel in this one. The Latvian power-forward, who is projected to be the leader alongside Luka, hasn’t been that good since the season began. KP is rusty after coming back from a difficult injury that separated him from the floor for a long time.
In 24 games during this campaign, he averaged 16.8 points, 8.9 boards, and 2 blocks, and many hoped to see better stats from the Unicorne, especially in the offense. Just 32.6% from downtown and 39.7% from the field, in general, are not very good, and at the moment, those percentages are the worst since he entered the league.
Dallas will have to change the philosophy and the style of play, and Porzingis’ productivity will be the key to their success.
For some, this situation might be good for the Mavs. This will force them to learn how to play without Doncic and to have different options when he is out. It will not only improve their chances of posting good results with him out of the court but also made their attack and defense more diversified with him in the lineup.
Right now, the Mavs have 17 wins and 8 defeats and are leading the Southwestern division ahead of the Houston Rockets. In the last 13 matches, they won 11 times, and nobody believed that the team is going to evolve this fast. It was mostly because of Doncic, but now Rick Carlisle will need to find a way to win without the young superstar.