Luka Doncic is doubtful to play in Game 1 of the Dallas Mavericks’ playoff series with the Utah Jazz, but if his recent comments prove to be true, then the Mavs have a fighting chance even without him.

In a one-on-one interview with Dallas Morning News a couple of days before he suffered his calf injury, Doncic opened up on why he sees the Mavs going deep in the playoffs. For him, the team has two championship traits that make them a threat to other contenders.

“I always say the most important thing to win a championship—the players got to love their role and the chemistry,” Doncic shared. “Those are two of the most important parts. Obviously all the basketball skills [too], but I think those things we have, and that’s a really good sign.”

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Indeed, after the Mavs traded Kristaps Porzingis and acquired Spencer Dinwiddie and Davis Bertans in the process, they played really well. While many fans believe they lost the deal, the truth is the team has shown better chemistry with Luka Doncic at the helm and the role players around him complementing his playing style perfectly.

Dallas finished the season with the fourth seed in the West, giving them homecourt advantage for the first round against the Jazz. With Luka not expected to play, that team chemistry and joy in playing he mentioned will be more crucial than ever if they want to win the opener and the series.