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Mavs guard Spencer Dinwiddie reveals Luka Doncic difficulties

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A run to the Western Conference Finals capped an impressive second half of last year’s season for the Dallas Mavericks. After trading Kristaps Porzingis on deadline day, they found success as they routed multiple ball handlers around Luka Doncic.

Unfortunately, they lost Jalen Brunson to the New York Knicks in free agency, and even though they replaced him with Christian Wood, they still lost a crucial piece of the puzzle. In a recent appearance at the Out of the bag Podcast, Mavericks guard Spencer Dinwiddie spoke about what it’s like to play alongside Doncic.

“Luka is obviously by far our superstar and we have other guys who are obviously good players,” said Dinwiddie. “But because there is no other superstar, it doesn’t go from apple to apple, it will always be Luka and the boys. So you just have to be mentally strong and be built for that off the pitch because like I said, on the pitch he will make it a lot easier.”

Playing with a star of Doncic’s caliber can’t be easy. All the attention is constantly focused on him, and what’s worse, when the team isn’t playing well, the narrative usually revolves around Doncic not having enough help.

The Slovenian superstar is playing at elite level this year. Doncic has appeared in 43 of the team’s 48 games, playing 37.5 minutes per competition. He averages 33.6 points, 8.9 rebounds and 8.7 assists per game on 49.6% shots from the field and 35.7% shots from behind the three-point line.

As for Dinwiddie, he might not be quite the second star some Mavericks fans would want to see alongside Doncic, but he played well. The veteran guard has played 47 of the team’s 48 games and plays 33.9 minutes per competition. He averages 16.8 points, 3.0 rebounds and 5.2 assists per game on 46.2% shots from the field and 39.8% shots from distance.

As mentioned before, certain problems occur when playing with Doncic. One of the biggest is the media’s desire to create narratives about him needing more help. Dinwiddie recently spoke to the Dallas Morning News about these storylines.

“You guys work in media, and you know storylines are king, right?” So we have a 23-year-old scholar — it’s very easy to say [‘Luka needs help’]. Lukas is incredible, he was the prodigy from the start,” said Dinwiddie. “So that’s always going to be because his star power is so much further than ours. And in many ways it makes the game easier for us. Because of this, you sometimes have to deal with some off-court media reactions.

ESPN’s Tim MacMahon recently reported that Doncic signaled to the Mavericks’ front office that he wanted the team to make improvements by the close of trading this year.

“Sources say Doncic, who has shown no desire to interfere in personnel matters in the past, has been very keen on wanting the Mavs to upgrade before the Feb. 9 trade deadline,” MacMahon wrote.

However, MacMahon would then tweet that Mavericks owner Mark Cuban told him those reports were false.

“Mark Cuban denies that Luka Doncic has indicated he would like the roster updated before the trade deadline.

“Cuban: ‘Tim MacMahon was dead wrong. Luka never suggested, asked, demanded or discussed any changes to the squad,'” MacMahon tweeted.

With just a few weeks left until the Feb. 9 close, things could be getting interesting in Dallas.

With just a few weeks left until the Feb. 9 close, things could be getting interesting in Dallas.

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