Luka Doncic, decisive in attack and defense • Basket USA

Luka Doncic, decisive in attack and defense • Basket USA
Luka Doncic, decisive in attack and defense • Basket USA

Complete change of environment for Luka Doncic. While the Thunder had made it their mission to never leave him alone on the pick-and-roll, multiplying the catches in two to force him to let go of the ball, the Wolves opted for the completely reversed strategy in this Game 1 , with Rudy Gobert in “drop coverage”.

And for three quarters, it worked rather well for Minnesota, since the Dallas role players were unable to find any rhythm and Luka Doncic was not particularly skillful either (18 points at 7/18). on shooting, 7 assists after three quarters) against the defense of Jaden McDaniels or Nickeil Alexander-Walker.

Except that the Slovenian will change gear in the fourth quarter, taking control of the match, to score 15 points at 5/8 shooting in the last 12 minutes!

“I just told myself we had to win this game. I had to play better because for three quarters, I was not good” he explains, thanking Kyrie Irving for keeping Dallas afloat. “So in the fourth quarter, I just went to my (preferred) zones to lead the team to victory. »

“I just try to look at scouting to understand what guys are going to do and read the play. And I love reading the play.”

Not to mention that Luka Doncic also made two “very important” actions in defense in the last two minutes of the match, with an interception on Jaden McDaniels which led to a 3-pointer from PJ Washington, then another interception on an alley attempt. -oop from Mike Conley for Rudy Gobert one minute from the end…

The Dallas leader had fun when a journalist told him that this was probably the first time he had prevented an alley-oop in his life. “You missed my younger years” he laughs, before admitting that it’s probably the first time on a basket at 3m05. In any case, this shows the defensive activity that he can put in, and that he puts in these playoffs, and which is a key to the Mavericks’ great campaign in this “postseason”.

“I just have to be active with my hands” he concludes. “Basically, Jaden McDaniels couldn’t miss anything so I had to do a better job on him. But on the last play, I just try to see the scouting to understand what the guys are going to do and read the play. And I love reading the play. In attack and defense.

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