3 thoughts from the Dallas Mavericks 128-78 bombing of the Portland Trail Blazers

The Dallas Mavericks demolished the Portland Trail Blazers 128-78 Friday night in Dallas, as the Mavericks took their 51st win this season, the most in a single season since 2011.

This was never expected and fortunately never was. Portland does epic tank work and in the past two weeks, according to the stats site Windshield, the Trail Blazers have had a net worth of 16.5-negative. This is really hard to do!

Happily, the only drama in this game was the question of how well the Mavericks would win. Dallas jumped to a 20-point lead earlier in the first quarter and was unrelenting. Then Luka Doncic scored 25 points in the third quarter and the regulars rested for the entire fourth. A perfect night that keeps the Mavericks in the race for the top three. Doncic led all scorers with 39 points and made seven three throws.

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Luca has it all

Doncic scored a game-high 39 points on 12 of 21 shots, including 7 of 14 of three. He also reached the free throw line 11 times and scored 11 rebounds and seven assists. Basically, Doncic showed the entire match against the hapless Blazers.

There were threes step back, of course. There were the intoxicating dribbling moves, the silky thrust to the edge, and the perfect passes. To wrap up his night, he scored 25 points in the third quarter, just three points short of his personal best result in the quarter.

At times in the past, Doncic has struggled in matches against lesser opponents. I felt that if it wasn’t a primetime team or a national TV channel, Doncic would lighten the gas a bit. It’s been refreshing to see Doncic erase that belief this season and this game was just further evidence. Doncic was amazing and put up a bad team early on. Good Friday night.

Dwight Powell is good and has always been good

A very handsome Mavericks writer has written in the past that Dwight Powell, who has been so badly abused by a lot of Mavericks fan base, is good. This handsome blogger argues that he’s been good at it for years. Despite his shortcomings, Powell has been one of the outstanding racers for the past five years and has provided a lot of value to the Mavericks.

Powell has been doing well for Powell again this season, shooting nearly 77 percent from the restricted area, and scoring 1.44 points per possession as the catch-and-roll man in the catch-and-roll game. It was fun to see Powell recover from that devastating hock injury, and to see him make more defensive contributions thanks to coach Jason Kidd’s new defensive plan.

Friday night was just another good game for Powell – 18 points on a perfect 7 of 7 from the ground. Powell only had three rebounds, but he wasn’t needed on the boards tonight. He just sliced ​​and sliced ​​Portland’s defense, taking advantage of Doncic’s attention in pick-and-roll and Trail Blazers from the inexperienced big guys. Hopefully, Powell gets the credit he deserves from his fan base. I’ve got it.

Well, let’s talk about Luka’s technology

As this game was so funny, there wasn’t much to talk about – everyone who played, played well. Boban Marjanovic got some rare minutes and immediately started scoring. Everything is good at Mavis Land.

So, unfortunately, the thing to leave out this game is that Doncic got his 16th technique during the break after the first quarter. It happened after he complained about a lack of contact at the end of the quarter, as Doncic tried to swing in a half-court and not only hit Trail Blazers defender Doncic in the shoulder but also stopped Doncic a bit while Doncic hit the ball. Half of the missed prayer.

First things first: Doncic was fouled, maybe twice! It’s understandable why he’s so angry, especially when you consider that he’s got his legs intertwined which could make the play worse than it had to be. Doncic dealt with a nagging ankle injury in the first half of the season, and I doubt he was happy with a defender rising from under him on a meaningless whistle while the Mavericks were up 36-13.

However, it’s a little baffling that Doncic didn’t just ignore it. He did spend some time on the field, visibly upset, but then had to go to the Tony Brothers (a famous referee for his shooting happiness) and complain about the call. Even his teammates, Dorian Vinnie Smith and Frank Ntelikina, held him back to try to stop Doncic from getting the technique, but Doncic still He insisted on getting his word out. Doncic wasn’t overtly aggressive or mobile, but it was clear he was turned off. The brothers’ description of a technical foul there is laughable and hopefully the NBA will cancel it before the Mavericks season ends against the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday.

I hope Doncic has more composure to avoid the whole situation. It was the lack of an invite on the half field as the Mavericks were leading 36-13 – the play didn’t matter at all. It was nice to see Doncic laugh, but he didn’t. This doesn’t advocate technique or satire of the Tony Brothers, but Doncic has an actor. Fair or not, he should be smarter.

At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter. Either the technique is scrapped and Doncic will play or the Mavericks will play Tottenham without Doncic and he is still likely to be the favorite to win. There would likely be some concern if Doncic missed the match and the Mavericks had a chance to move to the third seed, but in the grand scheme of things, things are just fine. The Mavericks scored 51 wins! Holy cow, that’s awesome.