The Mavericks’ star accepts responsibility for the Suns’ defeat: ‘I Had No Legs.’


The Mavericks’ star accepts responsibility for the Suns’ defeat: ‘I didn’t have any legs.’

Despite the fact that Luka Doncic hasn’t been his best self so far this season, the Dallas Mavericks aren’t looking forward to moving forward without him.

Unfortunately, they didn’t have much of a choice during Wednesday’s road game against the Phoenix Suns, as Doncic was unable to play due to left knee and ankle sprains.

As a result, Kristaps Porzingis and the Mavs were defeated 105-98 at Footprint Center, which was about what fans might have expected from the Mavs without their MVP candidate.

For much of the game, the team without Doncic appeared to be holding their own.

The Mavs led by eight points in the third quarter.

With just over seven minutes remaining in the game, the team was still up by two possessions, 86-81.

Meanwhile, the Mavericks were on fire from three-point range, hitting 16 of their 32 attempts, and Phoenix had been held in check on the defensive end.

In the end, Devin Booker’s 37-point fourth-quarter explosion was too much for the Suns to handle.

Porzingis later felt he was to blame for the incident.

Porzingis plays the role of the scapegoat.

Porzingis performed admirably as the Mavs’ de facto floor leader in terms of raw statistics.

He scored 21 points, eight rebounds, seven assists, two blocks, and a steal in 32 minutes against the Suns.

Porzingis, on the other hand, only made seven of his 20 shot attempts in the competition.

During his post-game media availability, he admitted to being a step slow throughout the night, while taking responsibility for the loss.

“I come out of this game with the feeling that a lot of it is on me,” Porzingis said. “Obviously, it’s team wins and losses,” he added.

“I had a lot of opportunities to play better.

I didn’t have any legs.

Today, I think I left my legs at the hotel…”

Regardless of that assessment, when Porzingis was on the court, the Mavericks outscored the Suns by nine points.

When he was on the court, the team defended better as well; Porzingis’ D-rating for the game was an impressive 95.5.

In addition, his seven assists set a new career high.

“Since I didn’t have any legs, I figured, ‘OK, let’s get Tim [Hardaway] involved.'”

‘Let’s play, let’s move,'” she says.

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