The Dallas Mavericks wrapped up their 2019-2020 season series against their hated in-state rivals, the San Antonio Spurs in a positive fashion. For the first time since the 2009-2010 season, the Mavericks have a series win against the Spurs. They had a chance to sweep the Spurs for the first time in franchise history, however, the Mavericks were unsuccessful.
With 15 games remaining, the Mavericks are looking to clinch a playoff spot for the first time since the 2015-2016 season. They stand with a 40-27 record and remain the top ten in the Western Conference. The team is still struggling with late-game pressures and they can’t seem to overcome them for the most part. They’ll have to find a way to fight through and overcome the heavy pressure since they’re close to making the playoffs. In addition, appearing in the playoffs puts a lot of pressure on the team’s back. At this point, this is the most crucial part of their season. Dallas’ cannot afford to let their golden opportunity of clinching a playoff spot go to waste.
This season, Doncic has made an impact against the Spurs. A total of 130 points, 38 rebounds, and 42 assists. In addition, he registered two-triple doubles, one of which included his career-high 42 points in the season’s first meeting between Dallas and San Antonio. Furthermore, Doncic’s 42 points against the Spurs allowed him to become the first player in Mavericks’ history to have a 40-point triple-double. That also made him the second-youngest player in NBA history to register a 40-point triple-double.
Doncic’s 38 points in the fourth meeting gives him his 13th game this season with 35+ points, and that puts him second in franchise history for one season. During game 3 of the series, Doncic registered his 21st career triple-double(13th this year) allowing him to tie with Jason Kidd for most all-time in Mavericks franchise history. In addition, that night, it was his final triple-double as a 20-year-old. Doncic holds the record for most triple-doubles(21) before turning 21. The second on that list is Magic Johnson who had seven.
Dallas sits second in the Southwest standings. They’re a game and half behind the Houston Rockets and there’s a chance that Dallas can win their division. Two of Dallas’s remaining 15 games are against Houston at home. However, for now, the NBA is suspended, so Dallas’s possible triumphant finish must wait. But the bottom line is that Dallas has a chance to finish in style. They have to be ready when the time comes.
The Mavericks’ remaining schedule is challenging, but Dallas must win as many games as possible not only to secure a playoff berth but to enter the playoffs with some pride and motivation. Going into the playoffs, the Mavericks will need a winning mentality and strong team chemistry. Dallas is currently the seventh seed in the Western Conference.
In Doncic’s case, putting up strong performances in the remaining games will do him good going into the playoffs. Doncic certainly needs momentum going into the final phase of the regular season as well as into the playoffs.