Still missing both Bradley Beal (Covid-19) and Kristaps Porzingis (groin). Wizards they were getting Mavericks in back to back trying to end their negative spiral (five defeats in seven games) and find a balanced balance.
A successful mission, because despite the absence of two leaders, the capital franchise managed to surprise their teammates (113-105). Luka Doncic (22 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assists).
to return to Washington Spencer Dinwiddie (33 points, 6 assists) outdid himself and had his best performance of the season, but like his entire team, he fell to the bone, Kyle Kuzma (36 points, 11 rebounds, 6 assists), further encouraged Dallas to suffer its second straight loss.
WHAT TO REMEMBER
— Kyle Kuzma provided the current answer. Without Bradley Beal and Kristaps Porzingis, “Fall” behaved like the boss he should be. Aggressive with the ball, successful shooting (14/26, including 5/11 3-pts), poised and capital in all areas of the game, he tested the Mavericks defense. On a good night and confident, the former Lakers player is proving he can be little more than a simple third option doomed to be overshadowed by his usual leaders and wait for them to force him to make a decision. Anyway, last night we had a demonstration of this…
— Another defeat that is a task for Dallas. Two weeks ago, the Mavs blew a 16-point (!) lead in the last four minutes and lost to the Thunder. They then bounced back with four straight wins, but are now on a two-game losing streak. And without complacency against two weakened opponents: the Magic without Paolo Banchero, then the Wizards without the Beal / Porzingis duo. After a perfect start (22-8), Jason Kidd’s players, caught enough, suffered a new disappointment in a move they will soon have to forget at home…
✅ Spencer Dinwiddie. The only Mavs player to survive this collective decline, even if it was to highlight a few good passes by Dwight Powell or Tim Hardaway Jr., the former Wizards leader clearly had scores to settle with his former team. Enlivened offensively from the start, he was the Texans’ powerhouse tonight, a day after scoring 29 points in Orlando. If the rest of his teammates (especially Luka Doncic) can recover quickly, it bodes well for the future.
✅ Rui Hachimura. More than Deni Avdija, Washington’s other nugget getting a lot of attention today, especially defensively, the Japanese have to say that the Texas defense is the least dynamic coming off the bench. The author of 23 points and 8 rebounds in 26 minutes, therefore, made a strong impression and had the best performance of the season, showing himself in the best light, especially in the second and third quarters. Heading into his fourth year in the league, the No. 9 pick in the 2019 draft is waiting to explode in everyone’s eyes, and this type of performance should help him solidify his minutes in the eyes of his coach…
✅ ⛔ Will Barton. If the winger of the Wizards could blacken the statistical report (14 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists), we will not forget that he sometimes gets involved in the attack and multiplies risky options, for example, in the shot (4/12), in addition. take a few hits on defense. In line with his start to the season, finally. Because even if Wes Unseld Jr. keeps his faith as the leader of the bench, Rui Hachimura, Dani Avdija, Corey Kispert and others could see their playing time reduced to make way for Jordan Goodwin or others. Johnny Davis.
⛔ Luka Doncic. Rather than dwell on the bad games of Maxi Kleber, JaVale McGee or Josh Green, we prefer to mention the Slovenian’s recent performance (8/21 shooting, 3/8 3-pointers, 3/9 and 5 turnovers…). The author is a back to back complicated, this time he had a hard time getting rid of one of his appointed bodyguards, Deni Avdica. And when “Luka Magic” is coughing, and it’s the entire Mavs game that’s coughing with him…
Washington (6-6) : Utah admission, Saturday night to Sunday night (00:00).
Dallas (6-5) : Portland admission, Saturday to Sunday night (02:30).