While Doncic's outside shooting paled in comparison to his counterpart at point guard, Stephen Curry (11-for-19 from distance), the rookie still held his own in a touch matchup. Doncic is averaging 28.0 points, 6.8 rebounds, 6.0 assists, 3.3 three-pointers and 1.8 steals in 34.5 minutes per game over his last four contests and should continue to benefit from a bump in usage while Dennis Smith (back) is sidelined.
Doncic scored a team-high 29 points (10-23 FG, 2-9 3Pt, 7-10 FT) while adding 12 assists, eight rebounds and two steals in 35 minutes during Friday's 119-115 win over the Timberwolves.
The rookie fell just short of his first career triple-double, but it seems only a matter of time before Doncic gets one given the impressive array of skills he's already flashing in the NBA. The Mavs continue to run their offense through the teenage phenom while Dennis Smith (back) is sidelined, and with J.J. Barea (Achilles) now likely lost for the season as well, Doncic's ability to distribute could get even more of a workout in the second half.
Doncic scored a game-high 30 points (8-14 FG, 4-9 3Pt, 10-16 FT) while adding six rebounds, five assists and three steals in 36 minutes during Wednesday's 104-94 win over the Suns.
The teenage phenom continues to flash his all-around skills. Doncic has now scored 30-plus three times in the last dozen games, a stretch during which he's averaging 23.3 points, 6.7 boards, 4.8 assists, 3.0 three-pointers and 1.2 steals. Given his ability to get to the free-throw line -- he's attempted double-digit FTs five times in those 12 games -- his 68.4 percent shooting from the charity stripe in that span could use some work, but there's no reason to think the 19-year-old won't address that relative weakness in the years ahead.
Doncic (back) will play and start in Wednesday's game against the Suns.
Doncic was added to the injury report Tuesday, but won't miss any time with what was being called a lower-back strain. The Mavs are likely to be cautious with their young star, so the fact that he is playing indicates the injury shouldn't affect him long-term.
Doncic was a surprising addition to the injury report Tuesday with a lower-back strain, but it looks like it wasn't anything serious. While his status will still need to be confirmed prior to tip-off, look for Doncic to be a full go against Phoenix.
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