Clippers' Kawhi Leonard, Paul George praise Luka Doncic



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Clippers' Kawhi Leonard, Paul George praise Luka Doncic

Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic had a monstrous series against the Los Angeles Clippers but he wasn't impressed by his performance since his team failed to make it past the first round. The Mavericks failed to beat the Los Angeles Clippers in Game 7 as the home team won 126-111 to progress into the Western Conference Semifinals.

The Mavericks won the first two games on the road and were also up 30-11 in Game 3 before the Clippers created a big comeback to win the series. "I mean, nothing yet," Doncic said when asked what he proved during the series.

"We made the playoffs twice since I've been here. We lost both times. At the end, you get paid to win. We didn't do it."

Doncic praised by Kawhi Leonard, Paul George

"Oh man, he did everything," said Leonard, who had 28 points, 10 rebounds and 9 assists in Game 7.

"Shooting it very efficiently, from 3 for sure, off-the-dribble shots, just doing it all for his team. He's a great player. You're going to see him for many years to come. He's playing at his own pace, making it look easy out there."

George also had only positive words about Doncic. "He was the star last matchup, too," said Clippers star Paul George, who had 22 points and 10 assists in Game 7. "He played off the charts last year in a playoff.

And to be honest, you knew he could get better, you knew there was room for improvement, of course, but [Doncic's performance this series] was even more awesome. "He just plays with so much confidence, and his game is just so beyond his age.

He pretty much can pick up and read almost any defense. We threw a lot at him, and he was still able to keep his team afloat and just improvise. He's going to be great. He's got a big, huge future ahead of him." Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle hopes the team will get stronger.

"We've just got to keep building the team around him," Carlisle said. "And this is going to be an important offseason on many levels." Mavericks owner Mark Cuban suggested Carlisle will remain the head coach.

"Let me tell you how I look at coaching," Cuban told ESPN. "You don't make a change to make a change. Unless you have someone that you know is much, much, much better, the grass is rarely greener on the other side."