Dallas Mavericks star guard Luka Doncic absolutely believes his team stands a chance against the Los Angeles Clippers as he thinks the Mavs are capable of competing against any team in the NBA. After losing Game 1, the seventh-seeded Mavericks responded with a great performance to beat the second-seeded Clippers 127-114 and even the series at one game apiece.
Doncic, who scored 42 points in Game 1, dropped 28 points, grabbed eight rebounds and dished out seven assists in Game 2. "We've just got three left," Doncic
said, per the Associated Press, as quoted on ESPN.
"I think we can fight with them. Any series we go in, we're going to believe we can win, for sure. If you don't believe it, you're not supposed to be here. You've got to believe it." After Doncic picked up his fifth foul, coach subbed out the Slovenian to protect him for the end of the game.
Doncic admits being on the bench is hard for him
"I was frustrated for like 15 seconds," Doncic said. "Then I was focused on supporting my teammates. They did a great, great job. Being on the bench, it's hard for me.
I want to help my team, but we won the game. Maybe if I don't pick up that foul, we don't win the game." Mavericks forward Kristaps Porzingis scored 23 points and had seven rebounds to help his team even the series against the Clippers.
In Game 1, Porzingis got ejected from the game early in the third quarter. "We knew after the first game that we were right there and we could compete with probably one of the favorites to win it all," said Porzingis, who had 23 points and seven rebounds in Game 2, which was also the first NBA playoff win of his career.
"We came into this game ready." Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle was satisfied with the game his team played. "We took a step tonight in the right direction," Carlisle said. "It's important to feel what winning feels like, but we're also up against the human nature curve, which is always tough after you win a playoff game.
Even in a situation like this where there's no fans in the building, you get an exuberant feeling, and you can't let human nature get the best of you. We've got our work cut out for us. It's now a five-game series."