The Dallas Mavericks misplaced on the highway to the Boston Celtics on Wednesday evening, 125-112. The Celtics got here out aggressive on each ends. Jayson Tatum and Luka Doncic had been each sensible offensively in the first half. Doncic had 22 factors in the first half, and Tatum led all scorers with 23. Jaylen Brown and Spencer Dinwiddie had been in a position sidekicks for each stars.
That is the place the similarities finish. The Mavericks remaining starters offered nothing, whereas the Celtics remaining starters confirmed why they’re the finest workforce in the league to this point this season. At one level in the third quarter, Doncic and Dinwiddie had mixed for 44, which matched the 44 that Tatum and Brown mixed for. Unfortunately, the remaining three starters for the Mavericks had mixed for seven factors whereas the remaining Celtics starters had been all in double figures. The Mavericks made a number of runs to make it respectable in the third and fourth quarters earlier than finally falling brief. Here are the things we learned.
Luka Doncic is unguardable
This shouldn’t be precisely information. He completed with 42 factors, eight rebounds and 9 assists. There had been occasions the place his defensive effort was a problem, however it’s simply superb how good he’s. He performed the total second half till Jason Kidd pulled the plug and admitted defeat. His midrange sport was notably particular tonight.
The Celtics made a transparent determination not to double Doncic, however in addition they boast maybe the most spectacular assortment of wing defenders in the league. None of them bothered him.
The Mavericks desperately want one other playmaker
The Celtics offense offered an fascinating distinction to the Mavericks. Every participant in the beginning lineup for the Celtics can dribble move and shoot. The Mavericks have two starters who could make that declare. Against groups this good, that merely shouldn’t be sufficient.
Christian Wood wants to play extra
Wood performed 34 minutes tonight. He actually had his fair proportion of defensive lapses, however he was far from the just one. He contributed 26 factors and 12 rebounds on 10-of-14 taking pictures. The Mavericks ran offense by way of him in the submit for giant stretches of the third quarter run. People, together with Kidd, continually harp that Doncic wants to give the ball up some, however fail to point out how unsuited his teammates are to take these touches.
Dorian Finney-Smith is an excellent NBA participant. He would begin for each workforce in the league and his extension was a discount. But he doesn’t want to provoke offense. Neither does Reggie Bullock who’s mired in his annual early season stoop. If the aim is to get Doncic to run fewer performs offensively, the resolution is to pair him with Wood.
(*4*)Josh Green is the Mavericks finest defender
Green has extra limitations than his champions would love to admit. But he’s a respectable NBA rotation participant now. He was the solely participant on the Mavericks who performed protection in addition to the Celtics. Tim Hardaway Jr. is damaged. The solely clarification for his continued taking part in time is that the Mavericks hope to commerce him at the deadline. If they fail to accomplish that, Green ought to get extra of his minutes.
Overall, “Momma stated there can be days like this.” This was a tough sport. There shall be higher days forward.
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