Mavs Dominate Trail Blazers: Irving Injury Overshadows Exum's Breakout

The Mavericks, on the wings of a great youngster, came to the expected victory against Portland, but the players and fans were worried about Irving's injury

by Sededin Dedovic
Mavs Dominate Trail Blazers: Irving Injury Overshadows Exum's Breakout
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The Dallas Mavericks dominated the Portland Trail Blazers 125-112 on Friday night, led by the great play of Luka Doncic and the breakout game of Dante Exum. Doncic filled the table in typical fashion with 32 points and 10 assists, while Exum, who returned to the NBA after a stay abroad, impressed with 23 points, 7 assists and 6 rebounds in just 33 minutes.

Exum's performance was particularly noteworthy, showcasing his offensive prowess and versatility. The game served as a strong statement for Exum, convincing coach Jason Kidd that he can be a reliable contributor to the team.

As expected, Doncic was dominant force with the Mavericks. He orchestrated the attack, constantly finding open teammates and creating scoring opportunities for himself. His 32 points and 10 assists are something we've already gotten used to, because he constantly plays at a high level.

Portland's struggle continues

Despite Anferni Simmons' 30 points for the Trail Blazers, their offensive production was otherwise limited. They were unable to match the offensive prowess of the Mavericks, which ultimately led to their defeat.

The loss extends their struggles, dropping them to second-to-last in the Western Conference at 6-15. The win cemented the Mavericks' position in the Western Conference, placing them comfortably in fifth place at 13-8. They will be looking to continue their winning momentum and climb up the table as the season progresses.

Irving's injury casts a shadow

However, the victory came at a cost. Guard Kyrie Irving suffered a foot injury in the second quarter when teammate Dwight Powell fell on his leg. The severity of the injury is still unknown, but it could potentially sideline Irving for some time.

This comes as a blow to the Mavericks, as Irving's offensive prowess is key to their success. Irving's injury adds a layer of uncertainty to their future. The Mavericks will have to rise to the challenge and keep their momentum going if they want to continue their upward trajectory in the Western Conference.

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