Slovenian baseman Luka Doncic of the Dallas Mavericks, who was elected Monday as Player of the Week at the Western Conference on Monday, after completing another great individual and team performance last night against the Houston Rockets, reiterated that his Goal is to win games.
“For me the goal that I set for myself at the beginning of the season was to take the team to the playoffs,” Doncic said after being the great match figure against the Rockets with a contribution of 41 points, 10 assists and six rebounds. “It’s a long season. It’s only been a month. We haven’t reached the playoffs yet, so we have to continue our work.”
Doncic reiterated that he has no interest in competing with anyone for the Most Valuable Player (MVP) award, only to win the most matches with the Mavericks.
But the statistics are there and after having won the Rookie of the Year award in his second season in the NBA he is the main candidate for the MVP award, in addition to leaving already established that he has reached the best league in the world to be a super star.
After the fifth consecutive victory of the Mavericks by beating the Rockets, Doncic is almost averaging a triple double per game by having 30.6 points; 10.1 rebounds and 9.8 assists.
He is second in scoring and assists, thirteenth in rebounds and has already put together a series of historical performances. More than that, he has the Mavericks in fourth place in the Western Conference with 11-5, and in a position to return to the playoffs for the first time since 2016.
“Everything I have achieved would not be possible without having very valuable partners,” Doncic said. “Their value is very great and they make it possible for the team to go more and more in the competition, which in the end is what we fight for.”
Doncic, as did the Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle, highlighted the work of Latvian power forward Kristaps Porzingis, whose presence in the defensive game is key.
“He goes up and down the track with total dominance and he is playing better every time,” Doncic said, valuing the way Porzingis has overcome the problems he had at the beginning of the season after spending 20 months without playing with a serious knee injury.
Carlisle has the same opinion as Doncic and referred to Porzingis’ recent performances as “phenomenal” after the Rockets achieved their fourth double-double of the season with 23 points and 13 rebounds.
The veteran Mavericks coach has been particularly proud of the defensive work done by Porzingis, who admits that having a player like Doncic on the roster helps to be better.
“Luka leads the entire team,” Porzingis said. “We depend on him for most of the game, and he’s playing amazing right now. He’s making teammates look pressureless and confident. He’s playing amazing right now. I’m super happy for him.”
But the Latvian player warned that no one should rush because the season was very long and things without control can always happen in the NBA.
“The season is long. We believe in ourselves. We have great confidence and we want to keep the winning streak. At the same time, we have to continue doing what we have been doing to reach this point. Day by day and improve with work and effort “.
Porzingis reiterated that the team is still in the process of training, the same feeling Carlisle has, and therefore the results, at this time, were not the most important.
“It is time to be together, chemistry, make sure that we are all on the same page. There are many things that you never discover in the locker room between players and things like that. We have to make sure that all that things are fine,” he said. Porzingis
“In addition, the relationship between coaches and players has to be fine. I have seen and lived the opposite experience. Right now, we are in a great place and we want it to continue working,” he added.