Phoenix is still sweet. The Arizona franchise once again imposed its law on Dallas (they have beaten them twice in three days) to extend their winning streak to 11 consecutive wins. This time the email ended up showing a 112-104. For Chris Paul, guide of these Suns, the atmosphere that is breathed in the team is above the results they are obtaining.
“The boys still don’t take anything for granted. This wardrobe is great. Sometimes you can win games and still feel like you’ve lost when you walk into the locker room. That does not happen here. This dressing room is great and the spirit is correct, “says the veteran point guard, who went up to 18 points and 14 assists.
The script for the meeting was similar to that seen on previous occasions with Phoenix. For three quarters they stay in the fight for the win to end up giving the final blow in the last one. This time, the Mavericks – even without Luka Doncic – finished the third period winning 79-84. So far they got. The Suns opened the final quarter with a 15-2 run that put them 94-86. Jason Kidd’s boys couldn’t react.
“If we are going to trust in shooting triples, we have to convert them. We had a lot of open pitches that didn’t go in. We have to improve on that. They did, however, get their shots in good positions. You can’t beat good teams playing like this, “says the head coach of the Mavs regretting 30% on 3s of theirs.
Kidd is right. The difference in the exterior success was clear, and is that the Suns achieved a 14 of 29; that is to say, a 48.3% success rate. Mikal Bridges went up to 19 points with a 3 of 3 on triples. Devin Booker was 18 with 3 of 8 on triples. Phoenix is running like clockwork.
We’re seeing the best Kristaps Porzingis in quite some time. The Latvian player is averaging 22.8 points and 8.8 rebounds since reappearing after his back problems. It seems that the dynamic of playing good games sporadically has given way to a consistency that must be very important for the Mavericks. Will you be able to maintain that level for a long period of time? That is the doubt. Last night there were 23 points and 12 rebounds that were accompanied by 18 points from Jalen Brunson and Tim Hardaway Jr.
Doncic could come back this Sunday
A left ankle injury has made Luka Doncic miss the double game against Phoenix; However, such a loss could come to an end in the next game, as Kidd has assured that the Slovenian guard expects to play against the Los Angeles Clippers this Sunday. For now we have been able to see him training something with his teammates, and even doing part of the warm-up prior to the last match played.
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