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Dallas Mavs ‘Noise’: Stephen A. Smith on Luka Doncic vs. Kristaps Porzingis ‘Jealousy’

DALLAS – We have to go all the way back to the early days of Dirk Nowitzki to recall a time when Dallas Mavericks fans wished for more coverage of the local NBA team.

“Why don’t they ever put our Mavs on ‘SportsCenter’?” we used to gripe.

We are experiencing advancement in that area, however. Of course, it takes the hiring of Jason Kidd as head coach to awaken the good people of Bristol. And, of course, when it comes to the core of the story, the good people of Bristol – led by Stephen A. Smith – are literally three months late to the story.

But welcome, welcome all!

ESPN’s Smith recently reported on “noise” coming out of DFW about “jealousy” from Kristaps Porzingis directed at Luka Doncic. Smith cited “my sources in Dallas” as the fuel for his report, which he did not deliver in his usual bombastic

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Kawhi Leonard, Clippers Beat Luka Doncic, Mavericks in Game 7; Advance to Face Jazz | Bleacher Report

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For the second straight year, the Los Angeles Clippers knocked Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks out of the Western Conference playoffs in the first round.

And for the second straight season, it took one hell of an effort to put the Mavs down.

Led by Kawhi Leonard, the Clippers beat the Mavs 126-111 in Game 7, spoiling another Doncic classic (46 points).

The Clippers never quite found an answer for Doncic in the series. Luckily for them, the rest of the Mavericks couldn’t play up to his level.

This was a bizarre series, with the road team winning the first six games before the Clippers finally held serve at home in Game 7. While they advance to the second round, the Mavericks will head into the offseason

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Luka Doncic posts career nights in Mavericks win vs. Bucks

Two years ago, Luka Doncic entered the NBA and immediately started making everyone who doubted his ceiling look foolish.

By next June, he was the NBA Rookie of the Year and by the February after, he was his team’s all-time leader in triple-doubles. Entering Saturday, he had averaged 24.7 points, 8.5 rebounds and 7.2 assists per game in his short career. It should not be controversial to say those are the numbers of a superstar, and that Doncic is already one of the 10 (maybe five?) best basketball players on Earth.

And yet, watching Doncic, it’s beginning to feel like we are only watching the first phase of a multistage rocket hurtling toward inner-circle Hall of Fame status. That was likely true before the NBA was put on forced hiatus, but it was never more evident than on Saturday against the team with the best record in basketball.

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