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What does it all mean? Dallas Mavericks and the NBA
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(12-02-2019, 08:03 PM)vfromlmf Wrote: Regardless, the point of the post wasn't to necessarily throw around trade ideas. The point is the Mavs clearly look like a surprise title contender and I can't imagine anyone in their right mind would've thought that 3 months ago. 

Coaches and GMs have to have a plan so whatever they were thinking has to be drastically altered. 

Of course, I don't know that they even have a plan at this point. 

Maybe they'll just sit back a see what Luka can do. It certainly seems like Carlisle is doing that from a coaching perspective. He's always talking about Doncic calling the plays and making the adjustments on the fly. Doncic reads the game in real-time.

Maybe Coach and GM are just along for the ride.

RC's fingerprints are all over what Luka is doing, so it isn't so simple as to say he is along for the ride.  That said, I think that RC has recognized Luka's genius quality and has allowed him more autonomy in a way that I believe only JKidd has ever been able to get away with in the RC era.  RC is somewhat risk adverse - and this is not actually a bad thing.  It has lead the Mavs to be one of the better teams in the League in turnovers.  RC's realization and acceptance to allow Luka to play through mistakes last year has ultimately benefited him this season.  I think RC is seeing his offense being deployed in all its glory - I imagine that feels pretty great!

That works because I believe that Luka's desire for perfection is higher than RC's.  You can see Luka honing his skills and the turnovers are slowly decreasing as his experience and command of the offense continues to increase.  The dude is like AI and is learning from every rep to become a more dangerous player.  Personally, I tend to be risk adverse as well, and Luka's 3pt shots off the bounce have always driven me nuts due to the low percentage nature of the shot.  When I hear Luka's reaction to it and his own realization that he needs to improve that aspect of the game, it comforts me because he already recognizes the inefficiency and I am confident that, like almost all other aspects of his game, it is just a matter of time until he cleans that up too. Ultimately, even if it never becomes a highly efficient shot, it is somewhat a necessary evil as it is one of the ways that he has been able to get into the lane at will.  The threat of that stepback makes players crowd him and that just makes it easier for him to drive by them. Lacking elite quickness, that is the way to get into the lane for him.

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