BOSTON — Mavericks famous person Luka Doncic had excessive reward for the Celtics’ star tandem of Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown forward of Wednesday’s sport in Boston.
“They’re in all probability the No. 1 staff within the league, they usually in all probability have one of the best duo within the league, too,” Doncic mentioned. “And we’re within the Backyard — it is all the time a particular sport. You need to come one hundred pc. For those who’re not, you are in all probability going to lose. It is a large sport.”
Doncic, in his fifth NBA season, enters Wednesday’s sport (7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN) because the NBA’s main scorer at 33.5 factors per sport whereas additionally averaging 9.1 rebounds, 8.1 assists and 1.9 steals.
Tatum and Brown, in the meantime, are the league’s highest-scoring duo, averaging a mixed 55.5 factors per sport — simply forward of the 76ers’ tandem of Joel Embiid and Tyrese Maxey (55.2) — and incomes Doncic’s respect within the course of.
“Simply watching their sport,” Doncic mentioned. “I believe lots of people can see that. I believe the way in which they play. I do know individuals attempt to separate them however they match collectively, they went to the Finals final 12 months, so I believe these two are actually nice gamers.”
Even after seeing their nine-game profitable streak finish Monday in Chicago in opposition to the Bulls, Boston nonetheless enters Wednesday night time’s sport with the NBA’s greatest document at 13-4, together with a 6-1 document at TD Backyard.
Boston has seen its success come from its high-powered offense, which sits second behind solely the stunning Kings in offensive effectivity.
Doncic mentioned one more reason for his excessive reward of Boston is that the Celtics have managed to publish the NBA’s greatest document with heart Robert Williams III lacking the complete season to this point following September knee surgical procedure.
“They’ve among the finest information they usually’re lacking I believe a key man, Williams III,” Doncic mentioned. “I’m impressed by his sport, have all the time appreciated his sport. So with him being out, and them having this document, that is why I mentioned that.”
With 20% of the season within the books, Dallas sits eighth within the Western Convention with a 9-7 document — however simply 1.5 video games out of first, exhibiting how compact the West standings are this season.
That the Mavericks are 9-7 after dropping Jalen Brunson in free company could be put on the ft of Doncic, who has continued to turn into one of many league’s excellent skills, and has taken his sport to yet one more stage.
“It is quite a bit,” Doncic mentioned of the workload he is taken on this season. “You have to be ready bodily. I believe this summer time helped me. Some video games I am actually drained, as a result of it is a variety of basketball, for 2 years I by no means stopped enjoying basketball, however I am simply pleased to play basketball.”