Mavericks Lose 3 of 4 Game 1s in NBA Playoffs

Despite a tough loss to Boston in Game 1 of the NBA Finals, Luka Doncic remains optimistic about his team’s chances.

“Either you lose or you win,” Luka said. “First to four, we’ve got to focus on the next game.” He scored 30 points and grabbed 10 rebounds but only had one assist.

Struggles for Kyrie Irving:

Kyrie Irving had a rough night, scoring just 12 points while being booed by the TD Garden crowd every time he touched the ball.

“I thought it was going to be a little louder in here. I’m expecting the same thing (in Game 2). The crowd’s trying to get me out of my element,” Kyrie said. “It’s not the first time I’ve lost in Boston. I don’t want to make it a habit.”

Lack of Team Support:

Even though Luka led with an impressive performance, his teammates struggled offensively. P.J. Washington was one of the few who stepped up, adding 14 points and eight rebounds.

The Mavericks couldn’t find their rhythm, managing only nine assists on their 35 field goals and failing to score at least 25 points in any quarter. They also posted just five assists through three quarters—an NBA low for any team over the last three seasons.

“We’ve got to move the ball,” Coach Jason Kidd said after the game. “The ball got stuck too much.”

I think they really need better teamwork.

Celtics’ Confidence Check:

Though Boston dominated Game 1 with a huge lead early on, Tatum remains cautious about celebrating too soon.

“Getting back to this point and being here is really a big deal,” Tatum said. “But two years ago we won the first game and we know the outcome of that series. We still have a lot of work to do.”

Latvian Player’s Comeback:

Meanwhile, Tatum’s Latvian teammate is feeling confident after returning from injury since April 29th and missing most of their playoff run.

“Tonight was affirmation to myself that I’m pretty good,” he said after blocking three shots last night. “I’m not perfect but I can play like this and I can add to this team. The adrenaline was pumping through my veins.”

James Shotwell
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