This Sport 7 is large for Luka Dončić.
The younger famous person has cemented himself as among the best gamers within the league and now has a reliable argument for being one of many prime 5 finest gamers on the earth.
In solely his third season within the league, he’s averaging 34 factors, 9.7 assists, and eight rebounds per sport throughout this playoff run. The numbers are astronomical. His present playoff averages for his profession are 32.5 factors, 9.2 assists, and eight.9 rebounds an evening.
Each sport he’s performed within the postseason has been in opposition to Kawhi Leonard and the Clippers. Final season when the Mavericks confronted the Clippers within the bubble, there have been no expectations for that Dallas staff to take down the title favorites, but Luka nonetheless gave L.A. a hard-fought six-game collection.
This season is somewhat bit completely different, which is why this Sport 7 is so vital. Luka is now not the brand new child on the block. He’s a perennial famous person, and he gained’t be given the good thing about the doubt as an underdog for much longer. Particularly not in a collection the place his staff had a 2-0 lead going again to house court docket, then failed to shut out what may have been a deciding Sport 6.
Luka was largely nonexistent down the stretch of Sport 6. Though he completed with 29 factors, he was very passive and had no reply for Leonard within the fourth quarter, when Kawhi was giving his staff bucket after bucket.
That is the primary Sport 7 of Luka’s profession and it’ll inform us lots about who this participant actually is. Dropping a 2-0 lead and folding in a closeout sport 6 may put an early stain on his profession if he doesn’t push his staff to victory on this sport, particularly if he’s tentative once more like he was in Sport 6.
Simply ask LeBron James about how that annoying narrative adopted him by means of his profession.
Luka wants to point out everybody that he can rip a staff’s coronary heart out when it issues. This Sport 7 in opposition to the Clippers will give him the right alternative.