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3 things to watch for as the Mavs host the Spurs

3 things to watch for as the Mavs host the Spurs

 

Can the Mavericks finally end their woes?

The Mavericks are currently owners of one of the league’s longest losing streaks, having dropped their last five games.

Is that a good thing or a bad thing? That answer could change depending on who you ask. But one thing I think we can all agree on, is that we want the team to be competitive and keep games entertaining at the very least. That Houston game was a lot of fun down the stretch, aside from a disappointing result. With another division rival in town tonight, maybe we can get some more of that intensity from Sunday night’s game, and just maybe the Mavs the take a bite out of the Spurs playoff push.

A big Luka night?

In both prior matchups with this San Antonio team, Luka has had really productive scoring nights. He notched his first career 30 point performance back in October, and tallied 25 points and 8 assists in a home loss in January.

The Spurs not really having the appropriate rangy, wing defender prototype that is best suited to defend Luka has hurt them, and is something that should makes Mavs fan excited as this matchup looms.

It would certainly be a welcome sight after P.J. Tucker hounded him into a poor, 5-16 shooting night on Sunday.

Jalen Brunson continuing his strong play 

The further along we go, the more the Mavericks 2019 draft is looking like a grand slam. Obviously, Luka Doncic has everything to do with that, but so does Jalen Brunson.

Not exactly a fixture in the rotation early in the year, Brunson has been very sound since the new year, and is averaging 14.0 points, 4.3 assists, and 3.1 rebounds while shooting almost 50% from the floor after the All-Star break.

Not half bad for an early second-round pick. A pick I admittedly wasn’t too fond of. Not because I disliked the player, but given the depth of the draft and the abundance of backup point guards available, I’d rather have used that asset for someone with a more premium skill set. However, the Mavs really seem to value the bench playmaker role, and Brunson looks to be the ideal guy to claim that spot for years to come.

 

Staff writer covering the Dallas Mavericks, Texas Legends and TCU basketball | Stephen "Reese" Konkle. 21 years old, currently enrolled at UNT working towards my degree in Digital/print media with a sports certification. Have a passion for basketball, and the Mavericks. Looking to bring Mavs fans a fresh, interesting perspective on the greatest game in the world.

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