Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic said making the Playoffs was the team's goal but added now they need to improve and start winning games in Orlando. For the first time in three years the Mavericks have secured a Playoff spot but it didn't come on the way they hoped it would.
The Mavericks lost each of their first two games in Orlando but secured the spot after the Memphis Grizzlies lost to the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday. MVP candidate Doncic scored 40 points, grabbed eight rebounds and had 11 assists in a 117-115 loss to the Phoenix Suns.
"That was the objective, to get to the playoffs this year," Doncic said, as quoted on ESPN. "It doesn't matter who you play. If you want to win, you've got to beat everybody. We've just got to learn from these mistakes."
In their opener at the bubble, the Mavericks were up by seven points with 45 seconds to go against the Houston Rockets but still lost the game in overtime. Porzingis performed exceptionally in both games but that wasn't enough for his team to win.
Porzingis scored 39 points against the Rockets and backed up that performance with a 3-point outing against the Suns. "Our goal was to make the playoffs, and we achieved that, but for me and for us, we're going to try to win every game now that we have left in the regular season," Porzingis said.
"Then, we'll see where we end up in the playoffs and go from there. This is not a sprint. This is a marathon, and with each day, with each game, with each practice, we want to be a better team and better individually."
Spurs keep Playoff hopes alive
The Spurs have now each of their first two games in the bubble, while the eighth-seeded Grizzlies have now lost each of their first two games in Orlando. After beating the Grizzlies 108-106, the Spurs came two games within the No.
8 spot. "At the end of the day, if you're showing up to lose a basketball game, you shouldn't be here," Spurs guard Dejounte Murray said of being counted out before the restart. "Obviously, we don't have some players playing, but it's a next-man-up league, we're pros and we get paid to step up and do our jobs.
We can't control what people say on the outside. We've got to keep the love and keep the faith inside the locker room."