Though the Mavs are taking part in the Celtics tonight at TD Backyard in what shall be an enormous matchup, Luka Doncic wasn’t shy about giving his opponents some props, specifically Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown.
“They’re in all probability the No. 1 crew within the league, they usually in all probability have the very best duo within the league, too,” Doncic stated. “And we’re within the Backyard – it’s at all times a particular recreation. You must come one hundred pc. If you happen to’re not, you’re in all probability going to lose. It’s an enormous recreation.”
Doncic isn’t mistaken. Tatum and Brown are the league’s highest-scoring duo, as they common a mixed 55.5 factors per recreation, greater than Philly duo Joel Embiid and Tyrese Maxey (55.2).
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“Simply watching their recreation,” Doncic stated. “I believe lots of people can see that. I believe the way in which they play. I do know folks attempt to separate them however they match collectively, they went to the Finals final yr, so I believe these two are actually nice gamers.”
The dream crew might not be in full power tonight although as Tatum is listed as questionable resulting from a left ankle sprain.
The Celtics shall be even tougher to beat than normal since their final recreation was a loss to Chicago on Monday, simply their fourth loss this season. Regardless of this, they nonetheless enter Wednesday night time’s recreation with the league’s finest file (13-4), which features a 6-1 file on their residence courtroom.
From what we’ve seen from Doncic thus far this season, he shall be up for the problem. He comes into the sport because the league’s main scorer at 33.5 factors per recreation and is averaging 9.1 rebounds, 8.1 assists and 1.9 steals.
The Mavs may even be more likely to welcome again level guard Spencer Dinwiddle (following a shoulder damage), which can give Doncic some much-needed assist.