Kristaps Porzingis’ bold claim about Mavs in NBA restart
Dallas Mavericks All-Star power forward Kristaps Porzingis has never lacked confidence, and that trend continued on Friday when the 7-footer spoke to Mavs reporters on a conference call.
Porzingis, who will be playing in his first playoffs once the 2020 postseason begins after the seeding games, believes the Mavs are going to shock a lot of people down in Orlando, Florida.
“I can feel we all got a little more extra juice now when we’re working out, because we know what’s coming,” Kristaps Porzingis said, via Mike Fisher of SI.
“We are a dangerous team. And I think we can surprise people.”
The Mavs have already clinched a playoff spot. Before the 2019-20 season was suspended in March, Dallas was in seventh place in the Western Conference standings with a solid record of 40-27.
The seeding games will have the Mavs taking on the Houston Rockets, Phoenix Suns (twice), Sacramento Kings, Los Angeles Clippers, Milwaukee Bucks, Utah Jazz and Portland Trail Blazers. Dallas’ first game is against James Harden, Russell Westbrook and the Rockets on July 31.
Prior to Jazz center Rudy Gobert’s positive COVID-19 test in March, Porzingis was averaging 19.2 points, 9.5 rebounds and 1.7 assists for the Mavs in 51 games. The Unicorn was also shooting 42.0 percent from the field, 34.9 percent from beyond the arc and 77.6 percent from the free-throw line as Luka Doncic’s partner in crime.
The Mavs haven’t won a playoff series since their 2011 championship over LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and the Miami Heat. With that said, Dallas supporters are excited to see their favorite basketball team back in the playoffs. It should be a lot of fun watching Doncic and Porzingis compete on the NBA’s biggest stage.