Luka Doncic’s criticism is completely misplaced

Despite the next game of 40 points, there was at least a slight criticism of Luka Doncic after the match 3 loss against the Warriors. This is incomprehensible. There are certain problems that cannot be resolved in Dallas Golden State, and at the same time, it has other concerns. Insight into Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals.

1. Dallas Mavericks: Luka Doncic’s criticism is ridiculous

After the third loss in a row against the Warriors, many stats have surfaced on social networks that should at least begin to indicate that a large part of the blame can be found with Luka Doncic. To put this in context: He just played his eighth playoffs with at least 40 points (even if 21 of them came in the last quarter when it was too late).

Figures Given: With Doncic on the field, the net rating against the Warriors is -18 at 79 minutes (Off-rating: 112.0; def rating: 130), without him the net rating is +36.7 at 26 minutes (Off- Rating: 136.7; Standard rating: 100). In addition, Doncic has lost six of his eight matches from 40 points, the last of which was four consecutive matches. Only Rick Barry could boast of a similar long line.

After the match, Doncic was as self-critical as usual: “I played really badly in the first three quarters. It’s my fault.” Then he pointed out the aspect that all critics should consider: “I’m only 23 men. I’m still learning a lot. After the season, wherever that is, I’ll look back and learn a lot. This is my first conference finals. Nobody expected us here. The Warriors play. Amazingly, everyone knows their role.”

Plus, the numbers can be explained – even if Doncic tends to throw a lot of heavy throws and sometimes makes the wrong decision -: his minutes largely match Stephen Curry and Andrew Wiggins, the best warriors to date. In the minutes against Thompson and Green plus the reserves, Dallas looked a lot better, and there was also a long trash time in Game 1.

And most importantly: Doncic can hardly be blamed for the fact that the Mavericks didn’t hit the barn door from distance in Game 1 (22.9 percent, 11/48) and 3. Time and time again the Slovenian found the open shooter in the early stages last night, repeatedly hitting the ball in the ring . While he was still getting 4/9, his teammates, with a few exceptions, did absolutely nothing. Negative examples: Maxi Kleber (0/5) and Reggie Bullock (0/7).

Commenting on the defeats of a youngster who led his team to the Conference Finals without a clear number two scoring 31.4 points, 94 rebounds and 6.5 assists by roughly 47% off the field is absurd. Doncic’s coach Jason Kidd explained that the current playoff round for Dallas was “just the beginning of our journey”: “It’s great to experience, but it’s not the end.”

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