Skip Bayless was quick to admire Luka Doncic’s scintillating performance when he got rid of the Phoenix Suns to land the Mavericks in the Western Conference Finals. Ironically, he was also one of the first people to mock Doncic on his dismal display against the Warriors. The Mavericks from Dallas locked horns with the Warriors from the Golden State, to pave the way for the greatest stage in NBA. The Golden State Warriors took a 1-0 lead over the Dallas Mavericks in the Western Conference finals with an emphatic 112-87 win in Game 1 on Wednesday night, with Steph Curry running the show in Chase Centre.
A ruthless start to the game meant an enthralling contest between the two teams with neither backing down. Although the Warriors led for the majority of the first half, the Mavericks only trailed by 9 points at halftime, still well within striking distance. Vintage Golden State Warriors was on display in the 3rd quarter, as the Warriors marauded there way through the confused Dallas defense. With Andrew Wiggins and Jordan Poole stepping up to the occasion with 19 points each, the Warriors were undoubtedly superior
Stephen Curry set the court ablaze with his dazzling shots and dribbles, leading a 10-0 scoring spree to fully break the back of Dallas’s defense. The onslaught continued throughout the last quarter as the Warriors amassed a 30-point advantage. Curry finished with 21 points, 12 rebounds and even dished out 4 assists to spearhead a steely-eyed Warriors attack that had 7 double-figure scorers. Luka Doncic had 20 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists , as Jalen Brunson added 14 points in what was one of the worst offensive performances of the playoffs for the Mavs.
“Andrew Wiggins made Luka Doncic look like Baby Hummingbird”
How quickly the fate of a player changes after one game! how quickly have the tables ‘turned over’ for Luka Doncic, who was hailed and lauded as a legend in the making for his stellar display against the Title favorites, Phoenix Suns. Suddenly, the Basketball Gods have forsaken him as he is being mocked left and right for being dominated by the King in The West, Chef Curry. As the Stephen Curry-led Golden State Warriors demolished the Dallas Mavericks, Luka Doncic seemed helpless watching it all go south, fighting a lost battle all by himself. It went from bad to worse the greatest shooter of all time was seen mocking the young all-star point guard for complaining to the referees.
Andrew Wiggins did a phenomenal job as the primary defender on Luka Doncic and that played an important role in the commanding victory for the Golden State Warriors. Wiggins played the supporting role to Stephen Curry as he dropped 19 points, 3 assists, and 5 rebounds, while also chaining down the Slovenian guard for just two points in the second half. The popular analyst, Skip Bayless was quick to hop on Twitter, roasting Doncic after Warriors All-Star Andrew Wiggins caged the Mavericks talisman down on, in Golden State’s 112-87 blowout win in Game 1.
From contesting a shot while defending , or scoring from the paint in offense, Wiggins was everywhere on the court. While Dallas couldn’t convert more than 15% of their 20 three-point attempts in the first half, down from 40.9 %, they also couldn’t do much defensively the whole game, which Wiggins was disrupting every moment.
They started off 3 of 19 from downtown in the first quarter, and it didn’t get any better from there, as they finished 11 of 48, producing their worst ever playoffs performance ever, at the helm of it was Luka Doncic. Wiggins had unintentionally scratched Luka’s face at the beginning of the match, however, the real defensive masterclass was yet to follow. Irrespective of all the controversy and criticism, Wiggins seized the night and made it one to remember.
Mavericks were cooked and roasted by ‘Chef’ and company, however we all know what happens when you instigate the behemoth in Luka . Luka Doncic will learn from this defeat as the Mavs will come out, all guns blazing in Game 2. Who will find the key to making it to the NBA’s biggest stage, a spicy Game 2 is on its way !