Mavs’ Luka Doncic, Kristaps Porzingis preach patience following 11-5 start
The Dallas Mavericks are off to an impressive 11-5 start. Mavs star Luka Doncic is playing like an MVP, while big man Kristaps Porzingis is knocking off the rust after missing the entire 2018-19 season recovering from his ACL tear.
After the Mavs defeated the Houston Rockets on Sunday, both Doncic and Porzingis preached patience since they know Dallas hasn’t accomplished anything yet:
“For me, it’s making the playoffs still,” Doncic said, via ESPN. “It’s a long season. It’s only been one month. We didn’t make the playoffs yet, so we’ve just got to keep going right now.”
“We don’t want to get too ahead of ourselves,” Porzingis said. “The season is long. It’s time together, it’s chemistry, making sure that everybody is on the same page. A lot of stuff happens that you guys never find out about inside the locker room between players and stuff like that. We’ve got to make sure all that stuff is right. Also, the relationship between coaches and players, that’s got to be there. I’ve seen when it goes south. Right now, we’re in a great place, and we want to keep it going.”
The Mavs currently have the fourth-best record in the Western Conference. They are on a five-game winning streak at the moment after beating the Rockets in Houston.
Doncic has been nothing short of spectacular this season. He’s averaging 30.6 points, 10.1 rebounds and 9.8 assists. Some believe he has a chance of winning the MVP award in just his second season in the NBA if the Mavs can keep up this pace.
Porzingis, meanwhile, is putting up 18.5 points, 9.1 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game for Dallas. He’s the perfect partner for Doncic on offense.