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Mavs’ Rick Carlisle Talks About Luka Doncic Carrying Team

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Dallas Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle knows that rookie guard Luka Doncic is having an incredible rookie season, but understands that the guard is carrying a big load for the team.

Doncic took over the game in the Mavs’ win against the Portland Trail Blazers that came down to the wire.

“It was one of those times where he was going to have to finish for us to have a chance,” Carlisle said, according to Gerry Fraley of SportsDay. “I love the fact that he loves carrying the load. He’s one of those dynamic young players that has the charisma to give his teammates confidence.”

The Mavericks made a number of moves at the trade deadline, leaving even more on the plate of Doncic.

“There’s more responsibility falling on Luka,” Carlisle said. “This is an important stretch to feel what it’s all about and what it feels like and what it feels like to have to deliver in all these different areas. He’s certainly capable of doing it.

“We’ve got to prepare him to carry this load going forward.”

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Mavericks Acquire Kristaps Porzingis from Knicks

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The Dallas Mavericks and the New York Knicks have agreed to terms on a trade centered on All-Star Kristaps Porzingis, according to ESPN’s Tim McMahon.

The Knicks will receiver Dennis Smith Jr., Wesley Matthews, and DeAndre Jordan in exchange for Porzingis, Trey Burker, Courtney Lee, and Tim Hardaway Jr..

Dallas is working to acquire a 1st round pick to include in the deal, according to ESPN.

The Mavs are hoping to re-sign Porzingis, who is scheduled to become a restricted free agent this summer, and are confident that both Dirk Nowitzki and Luka Doncic can help convince him to sign.

Porzingis has been out for close to a year with an ACL injury and an evaluation in January revealed that his knee is healing well.

Porzingis had recently met with the Knicks organization to express his frustration with the team’s losing and past dysfunction, while also expressing his uncertainty that they can achieve sustainable success.

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Mavericks’ Dennis Smith Jr. Returning to Team

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From the trading block, to stepping away from the team, and taking a backseat to rookie phenom Luka Doncic, Dallas Mavericks point guard Dennis Smith Jr. has had a rough season.

According to The Athletic’s Sham Charania, Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle and Smith spoke on the phone and were able to work out the issue, resulting in Smith making a return to the team on Tuesday.

During the conversation, Carlisle apologized and showed remorse to Smith during the call.

Smith is averaging 12.6 points and 3.9 assists per game for Dallas this season.

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Mavericks’ Luka Doncic Believes He Has Exceeded Expectations

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Rookie of the Year frontrunner and Dallas Mavericks sensation Luka Doncic is wowing everyone with his rookie season. Even himself.

Doncic believes that he is playing better than many expected him to as he transitioned to the NBA from the EuroLeague, where he was named their MVP.

“I played professionally with a lot of good European players. So, yeah,” Doncic said of his transition to the NBA, according to Michael Lee of The Athletic.

“It’s just basketball. I want to enjoy it. I think I’ve played better than expected. I’m happy about it, but this keeps going.”

Doncic has posted 19.6 points, 6.7 rebounds and 4.9 assists per game this season for Dallas.

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