Luka Doncic: 'I still believe we can win'

Luka Doncic: 'I still believe we can win'

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Luka Doncic: 'I still believe we can win'

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The Mavs are attempting to become the first team in NBA history to overcome a 3-0 deficit to win a playoff series, a feat 146 others have failed to accomplish. Dallas took a step in that direction with a 119-109 win in Tuesday’s Game 4 at the American Airlines Center. “I mean, I still believe we can win, you know,” Doncic said. “Swept or not swept, in the end, if you lose, you lose. Don’t matter how many we win. We have to go game by game. We’re going to believe until the end.”
Source: Tim MacMahon @ ESPN

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Justin Kubatko @jkubatko
All five 2021-22 All-NBA First Team selections are 27 years old or younger:
Luka Doncic, 23
Jayson Tatum, 24
Devin Booker, 25
Nikola Jokic, 27
Giannis Antetokounmpo, 27
It’s the first time that’s happened since the 1954-55 season (Cousy, Foust, Johnston, Pettit, and Schayes). AM

Chris Biderman @TheWarriorsWire
Andrew Wiggins secured the must-see highlight of the playoffs with a rim-rocking poster dunk over Luka Doncic in Game 3.…10:00 AM
Jorge Sierra @hoopshype
MVP of the Night: Luka Doncic
#NBAsFinest AM

Justin Kubatko @jkubatko
Luka Doncic last night:
✅ 30 PTS
✅ 14 REB
✅ 9 AST
Doncic has led the @Dallas Mavericks – either outright or tied – in points, rebounds, and assists nine times in the 2022 NBA Playoffs.
That ties LeBron James (2013) for the most such games in a single postseason in NBA history. AM

Eddie Sefko @ESefko
Pretty good factoid here. Luka above .500 when facing elimination, too. AM

Eddie Sefko @ESefko
Updated with Luka, Kidd reactions: Doncic is all-NBA first team for third season in a row.…1:46 AM
Emiliano Carchia @Sportando
Giannis Antetokounmpo, Nikola Jokic, Luka Doncic lead 2021-22 Kia All-NBA 1st Team…1:29 AM
Chris Biderman @TheWarriorsWire
When asked about Andrew Wiggins’ poster dunk in Game 3, Luka Doncic had a funny reaction.…1:00 AM
Callie Caplan @CallieCaplan
Luka Doncic on whether Mavs took pride in not getting swept: “I still believe we can win, you know. Swept or not swept, in the end, if you lose you lose. Don’t matter how many we win. We have to go game by game. We going to believe until the end.” – 12:33 AM
Callie Caplan @CallieCaplan
Luka Doncic has a lot of sway with the Mavs, but apparently not enough to fix the AAC roof: “I wish. I’ll ask Dirk. Dirk got more memories in this building.”
Said he went back to the locker room ready to play rummy during the rain delay tonight because he thought it’d be longer. – 12:06 AM
Scott Cacciola @ScottCacciola
Luka finished with 30 points, 14 rebounds and 9 rebounds, and now he’s answering questions in English, Spanish and Slovenian. – 12:06 AM
Brad Townsend @townbrad
Doncic was asked whether, given his pull with the franchise, he could do something about the AAC roof. “Ask Dirk. He has more memories here.” – 12:05 AM
Tim MacMahon @espn_macmahon
Luka Doncic: “I still believe we can win.” – 12:02 AM
Callie Caplan @CallieCaplan
Jason Kidd on Luka Doncic making another All-NBA first team: “He’s our leader. As he goes, we go, and he loves that stage.” – 11:51 PM
Eurohoops @Eurohoopsnet
Luka Doncic led Dallas Mavericks in the win over the Warriors, who still trail 3-1 in the series…11:45 PM
StatMuse @statmuse
Most 30-point playoff games before turning 24:
21 — LeBron James
17 — Kevin Durant
17 — Kobe Bryant
17 — Luka Doncic PM

Tony Mejia @MejiaDinero
3-0 MLB night
4-2 NBA Game 6 effort: W Mavs ML, Full game OVER, Doncic Ov 51.5 PRA, Bullock Ov 2.5 3’s
L’s on 1H OV (by 1 thanks to a scoreless final 1:32) & Klay points. Sad day, draining w/2 elementary school girls. Hugged them extra tight, happy last day of school is tomorrow – 11:43 PM
Nick Wright @getnickwright
Luka when facing elimination:
Age 21: 38-9-9 vs Kawhi & PG13
Age 22: 46-7-14 vs Kawhi & PG13
Age 23: 33-11-8 vs #1 Seed Suns
Age 23: 35-10-4 vs #1 Seed Suns
Age 23: 30-14-9 vs #1 Defense GSW – 11:41 PM
StatMuse @statmuse
Luka Doncic tonight:
30 PTS
14 REB
He scored or assisted on all 9 Mavs points after the lead got cut to single digits. PM

Nick Wright @getnickwright
Luka had 30-14-9-2-2 against the #1 defense in basketball.
It was the worst elimination game of his career. – 11:38 PM
Alan Hahn @alanhahn
Don’t understand why you put Curry back in the game once it was down to 8 but not Wiggins. Bjelica guarding Luka is a terrible matchup. I get you want to reward the bench but you want to end this series now! – 11:29 PM
Brad Townsend @townbrad
Doncic just got tired of this crud and took it to the rim. – 11:28 PM
Dan Favale @danfavale
luka is really feeling himself right now. literally. PM

James Boyd @RomeovilleKid
Honestly, Reggie, I truly don’t care if Luka plays extended minutes. Lol their season is on the line and this may be the only game of the series they win. – 11:20 PM
Tim MacMahon @espn_macmahon
Luka Doncic shook his head as he went to the scorer’s table to check in. Golden State bench slashed lead from 29 to 16 in less than five minutes. – 11:16 PM
Anthony Slater @anthonyVslater
That’s a mini fourth quarter win for the Warriors’ second unit. They cut the Dallas lead from 29 to 16 and Jason Kidd is putting Luka Doncic back in the game with 7:23 left. – 11:16 PM
Brad Townsend @townbrad
Warriors’ bench guys flummoxing Dallas a bit with the zone. Probably best to get Doncic back on the court soon. – 11:15 PM
StatMuse @statmuse
Luka Doncic in 3 quarters:
21 PTS
14 REB
Elimination game Luka. PM

Dwain Price @DwainPrice
Luka doing Luka things. He has 21 and 11. Mavs up 81-56. – 10:48 PM
Eddie Sefko @ESefko
Another well-deserved first-team all-NBA nod for Luka Doncic.…10:30 PM
Dan Favale @danfavale
“look it’s raining splash babies, luka” PM

Dan Favale @danfavale
steph and luka reading the tweet directly above this one PM

Callie Caplan @CallieCaplan
I think the AAC roof is leaking again? Officials just called Luka Doncic off the court to start the second half. – 10:20 PM
Mark Followill @MFollowill
Mavs playing solid D so far, limiting GS to 40% in the 1H. Luka and Jalen Brunson both have 13 pts. Reggie Bullock has bounced back from G3 with 3 made 3s in the first half. At halftime, Mavs 62 Warriors 47. Brad Davis and I will have the 2nd half shortly on @theeagledallas10:10 PM
Kurt Helin @basketballtalk
Antetokounmpo, Doncic, Jokic headline All-NBA Teams…10:07 PM
Brad Townsend @townbrad
Doncic goes down after missing last shot of half, making him 4-of-14 from the field. Draymond Green reached down and helped Doncic up. Sweet gesture.
Fortunately for the Mavericks, the players @Shaquille O’Neal refers to as “the others” have come up large in the first half.
Dallas 62-47. – 10:05 PM
Callie Caplan @CallieCaplan
Second time in as many games Draymond Green as helped Luka Doncic up off the floor in the run of play.
More of that kind of kindness in otherwise contentious settings, please. – 10:05 PM
Brad Townsend @townbrad
Doncic barking a bit at Kleber there. Kleber barked back. All good. Strategizing. – 9:56 PM
Brad Townsend @townbrad
Mavs are 9-of-16 on 3-pointers, and probably the best news for them is that it’s the role players who are hitting them so far: Bullock 3-4, Finney-Smith 3-4, Kleber 2-3, Bertans 1-2.
By role players I pretty much mean anyone besides Doncic, Brunson and Dinwiddie. – 9:42 PM
Michael Dugat @mdug
Luka missing some easy looks for him – 9:26 PM
Dan Favale @danfavale
the key to getting luka doncic in motion away from the ball is frank ntilikina PM

Callie Caplan @CallieCaplan
That Luka-to-Frank-to-Luka give and go was a thing of beauty. – 9:19 PM
Ohm Youngmisuk @NotoriousOHM
Luka Doncic fell down and came up holding the back of his head. He remains in the game. Looks like he shook it off. – 9:08 PM
Haralabos Voulgaris @haralabob
GSW constantly orients its offense in a way that either Luka or Jalen constantly end up being the low man – tough to protect the paint when thats the case. – 9:07 PM
Nick Wright @getnickwright
For the “Luka needs to do more!” crowd… PM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
From NBA:
With the selection of Giannis Antetokounmpo (27 years old), Luka Dončić (23), Nikola Jokić (27), Devin Booker (25) and Jayson Tatum (24), the Kia All-NBA First Team is made up entirely of players age 27 or younger for the first time in 67 years (1954-55 season). – 8:50 PM
Mike Bresnahan @Mike_Bresnahan
LeBron gets the nod for third-team All-NBA. He’s now been on 18 All-NBA teams, extending a record he already holds.
1st team: Giannis, Jokic, Tatum, Doncic + Booker.
2nd team: Embiid, Morant, Durant, Curry + DeRozan.
3rd team: LeBron, Trae Young, Siakam, Chris Paul, Towns. – 8:44 PM
Mark Followill @MFollowill
For the 3rd straight year, Luka Doncic is 1st Team All-NBA. He’s joined by Giannis, Nikola Jokic, Devin Booker, and Jayson Tatum. – 8:43 PM
Eurohoops @Eurohoopsnet
Giannis, Luka and Jokic continue their dominance #NBA75…8:37 PM
StatMuse @statmuse
Steph Curry had fewer All-NBA votes than:
Devin Booker
Luka Doncic
Ja Morant
He’s about to eliminate two of them in the playoffs. PM

Jeff Goodman @GoodmanHoops
All-NBA First Team:
Nikola Jokic
Giannis Antetokounmpo
Luka Doncic
Devin Booker
Jayson Tatum – 8:35 PM
Brian Mahoney @briancmahoney
Giannis the only player with the maximum 100 first-team All-NBA votes. Jokic and Luka Doncic both got 88. – 8:32 PM
Michael Scotto @MikeAScotto
NBA 2021-22 All-NBA Teams:
First: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Devin Booker, Luka Dončić, Nikola Jokić and Jayson Tatum.
Second: Stephen Curry, DeMar DeRozan, Kevin Durant, Joel Embiid and Ja Morant.
Third: LeBron James, Chris Paul, Pascal Siakam, Karl-Anthony Towns, and Trae Young. PM

Ben Golliver @BenGolliver
2022 All-NBA Teams
First: Luka, Booker, Tatum, Giannis, Jokic
Second: Morant, Curry, DeRozan, Durant, Embiid
Third: Trae, CP3, LeBron, Siakam, Towns – 8:30 PM
Shams Charania @ShamsCharania
2021-22 All-NBA teams:
First: Nikola Jokic, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Luka Doncic, Devin Booker, Jayson Tatum
Second: Joel Embiid, Ja Morant, Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, DeMar DeRozan
Third: Karl-Anthony Towns, LeBron James, Chris Paul, Trae Young, Pascal Siakam – 8:28 PM
Cody Taylor @CodyTaylorNBA
The 2021-22 All-NBA First Team:
-Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee)
-Devin Booker (Phoenix)
-Luka Dončić (Dallas)
-Nikola Jokić (Denver)
-Jayson Tatum (Boston) PM

Chris Haynes @ChrisBHaynes
First Team All-NBA is Devin Booker, Luka Doncic, Jayson Tatum, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Nikola Jokic. – 8:27 PM
Jared Weiss @JaredWeissNBA
Jayson Tatum has been named to first team All-NBA alongside Giannis, Doncic, Jokic, and Booker. – 8:26 PM
Ben Rohrbach @brohrbach
Predictions for tonight’s All-NBA reveal:
Luka Doncic
Devin Booker
Jayson Tatum
Giannis Antetokounmpo
Nikola Jokic
Stephen Curry
Ja Morant
Kevin Durant
DeMar DeRozan
Joel Embiid
Chris Paul
Trae Young
LeBron James
Pascal Siakam
Karl-Anthony Towns – 4:43 PM
Dane Moore @DaneMooreNBA
My @PrizePicks for Warriors-Mavs Game 4
Poole under 23.5 points + rebounds + assists
Finney-Smith over 17.5 points + rebounds + assists
Luka under 50.5 points + rebounds + assists
Bertans over 0.5 made 3s – 4:41 PM
Chris Biderman @TheWarriorsWire
Andrew Wiggins set NBA Twitter on fire with an explosive poster dunk over Luka Doncic in Game 3. Here’s a look at what fans and analysts were saying about the dunk on Sunday.…1:00 PM
Callie Caplan @CallieCaplan
“A lot of things Jason did 20, 25 years ago, Luka is wanting to achieve right now. He understands that and is very open, willing to listen, willing to get better, willing to be coached.”
Luka Doncic loves Jason Kidd’s honest, tough-love coaching:…11:08 AM
Chris Sheridan @sheridanhoops
Can Steph, Klay and Luka all hit 5 3s tonight? Odds of it happening are 35-1:…10:54 AM
Brad Townsend @townbrad
As you read this terrific @Callie Caplan story, ask yourself this: How many times this season have you seen Luka Doncic look at the bench and express disapproval?
Luka Doncic on Jason Kidd’s honest coaching in first Mavs run: ‘You even more trust him’…9:36 AM
Justin Kubatko @jkubatko
Jayson Tatum last night:
✅ 31 PTS
✅ 8 REB
✅ 5 AST
✅ 14-16 FT
It’s the 10th time Tatum has recorded at least 30p/5r/5a in a playoff game.
The only players in NBA history to reach that mark at a younger age are LeBron James and Luka Doncic. AM

Chris Biderman @TheWarriorsWire
Andrew Wiggins secured the must-see highlight of the playoffs with a rim-rocking poster dunk over Luka Doncic in Game 3.…7:00 AM

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