Heading into the NBA’s Western Conference Finals nobody gave the Dallas Mavericks much of a shot against the Golden State Warriors.
As predicted, right up until Tuesday night, the Warriors dominated this series from start to finish.
Fortunately, in Game 4, Dallas showed some signs of life. Ultimately, thanks in large part to Luka Doncic’s heroics, the Mavericks escaped the outing with a 119-109 victory.
The game was not without controversy, though. As the clock winded down, Warriors star Klay Thompson had some heated words for Doncic.
Apparently, Thompson took exception with Doncic stripping the ball away from Warriors rookie Moses Moody right before the game concluded.
It is worth remembering – things didn’t go very well for the last team that attempted to antagonize Doncic. In fact, that team was up in their series at the time as well. There are certain players you just don’t want to agitate.
All that being said, it’s hard to see a scenario where the Warriors choke in the way the Phoenix Suns did.
This has been a contentious Western Conference Finals. Doncic has been forced to bluntly address head coach Jason Kidd’s decision-making; fans and broadcasters have exchanged brutal barbs; and the Mavericks have struggled to really gain any semblance of momentum for a myriad of reasons.
Ben Simmons’ back seems to be recovering well based on these photos. https://t.co/DdOkCLjj7c
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The smart money is against a squad coming back from being down 0-3 in an NBA playoff series. That said, someone will end up doing it at some point – and having a generational talent on the roster certainly adds a degree of optimism to the proceedings.
Will the Mavericks ultimately be able to make a series of things against Golden State?
Time will tell.