DALLAS, Texas – A discombobulated Celtics squad felt the raft of ‘big D’ as the Dallas Mavericks defeated the Boston Celtics 113-104 at the American Airlines Center.
The Dallas Mavericks handed the Boston Celtics their 6th loss in 10 games by virtue of an all-around team effort and flawless ball movement – spear-headed by star rookie Luka Doncic. The Celtics dropped back down to .500 with that loss, as the team now sit at 10-10 and 7th in the Eastern Conference.
While they may not be considered the best talented team in the league, the Dallas Mavericks are showing the entire world why they are the most well-oiled machine in the league thus far. The momentum of their home crowd carried things over as the Mavs now sit comfortably with an 8-2 record at home. Wasting no time to set the tone early, the Mavs connected on their first 7 three-point attempts to build a double-digit lead on the Celtics in the 1st quarter.
Luka Doncic showcased his skills early on, using crafty ball-handling skills to fake out All-Star Kyrie Irving for a made three-pointer to increase the Mavs lead to 11.
Embarrassed by their lack-luster performance against a lesser talented team, things started to get heated in the beginning of the second half. Jalen Brown shoulder shoved Luka Doncic in the chest following a steal from Doncic that led to an alley-oop to DeAndre Jordan. Tensions were extremely high and ultimately Brown was charged with a technical foul.
The Celtics continued to struggle to find a smooth rhythm as they were only able to cut the deficit down to six with 7:45 remaining in the 4th quarter.
Is It Time?
Luka Doncic finished the game with 15 points and 8 assists, four of which came in the opening quarter of the contest. He’s looking like a mature and poised veteran in his first year despite the fact that he’s only 19-years old. He displayed tonight that the future is extremely bright for the young talent and the city of Dallas – but why wait for the future?
The great Benjamin Franklin once said, “don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do today.” I was originally of the mindset that the Dallas Mavericks should cancel this season, but for several reasons. With the foregone conclusion that the Warriors were destined for a three-peat and with the addition of LeBron James to the Western Conference, there was no doubt that the Mavs chances of making the playoffs were extremely more difficult, considering their horrendous 2-9 start to the season.
Rick Carlisle and the Dallas Mavericks have taken advantage of the somewhat baffled Western Conference. There are three teams currently in the top eight of the Western Conference that’s not expected to stay there for the duration of the season: Los Angeles Clippers, Memphis Grizzles and the Sacramento Kings. All three teams are riding hot right now but that may have something to do with other talented teams struggling in the early part of the season.
Anthony Davis is currently out for the Pelicans, which has a lot to do with the fact that they have now lost three straight games, including their recent one to the Washington Wizards 124-114. The San Antonio Spurs have loss 3 out of their last 10 games, but as long as they have Gregg Popovich they will always be in the playoffs conversation. The Houston Rockets have won 6 out of their last 10 but a low start to the season caused them to drop to the bottom half of the Western Conference. But is there truly anyone out there that’s seriously concerned that the Houston Rockets will not make the playoff?
Either way, the time for the Dallas Mavericks to push for a playoff spot is now. There’s more than enough talent on this current Mavs roster to be one of the eight teams representing the West come April. Typically, with a 19-year old rookie it’s ideal that you would give his first season a pass because he needs to get acclimated and adjusted to the raw talent that he’ll be up against – but not Luka. He doesn’t need a full year. He has that ‘it’ factor now, and he’s hungry for more. The real Luka Doncic is starting to reveal himself before our very eyes and it’s something special to behold. To stay up to date on all things Mavericks and more, be sure to subscribe to You Can Argue That Sports and receive notifications of new posts and podcasts by email.