Mavs’ Kristaps Porzingis admits hyping himself like a champion in first playoffs series
Kristaps Porzingis is locked in.
The Dallas Mavericks starting center finally got his first playoff win on Wednesday night against the Los Angeles Clippers to even their playoff series to 1-1. And per the 25-year old, huge victories like this don’t do much for his confidence which, according to Porzingis himself, is already way up there.
“I try to hype myself up that I’m already a champ. I’m supposed to be there. I’m supposed to win.” Porzingis told reporters after the game (per Ben Golliver of The Washington Post). “That’s kind of my mindset when I’m doing my thing.”
The Latvian was indeed doing his thing tonight as he bounced back in a big way after being automatically ejected in Game 1. In his first full playoff game, Kristaps Porzingis logged in 37 minutes and was Dallas’ anchor both offensively and defensively. He notched 23 points and seven boards and was key in keeping Dallas ahead while Luka Doncic had limited minutes due to foul trouble.
“Whenever I get a win it doesn’t really do anything for me. I’m supposed to do this. We’re supposed to win. Doesn’t do much for me, doesn’t raise my confidence or anything like that.” he added. “I feel like to win it all you have to the attitude to want to win it all and believe that you deserve to be there and to win it all.”
Porzingis and the rest of the Mavericks truly believe they have what it takes to compete in the highest level. And with a performance like tonight, it’s hard to argue otherwise.