This Game 7 is great for Luka Dončić.
The young superstar has cemented himself as one of the best players in the league and now has a legitimate argument for being one of the top 5 players in the world.
In only his third season in the league, he averaged 34 points, 9.7 assists, and 8 rebounds per game during this playoff. The numbers are astronomical. His current playoff averages for his career are 32.5 points, 9.2 assists, and 8.9 rebounds a night.
Every game he played in the postseason was against Kawhi Leonard and the Clippers. Last season when the Mavericks faced the Clippers in the bubble, there were no expectations for that Dallas team to drop the title favorites, yet Luka still gave LA a six-game winning streak.
This season is a little different, which is why this Game 7 is so important. Luka is no longer the new kid on the block. She’s a perennial superstar, and won’t give her the benefit of the doubt as a much longer underdog. Especially not in a series where his team had a 2-0 lead going back to the home court, then he couldn’t close out what could have been a decisive 6 game.
Luka was mostly non-existent in the course of Game 6. Although he finished with 29 points, he was very passive and had no answer for Leonard in the fourth quarter, when Kawhi had given his team a bucket after a bucket.
This is the first 7 game of Luka’s career and it will tell us a lot about who this player is. Losing a 2-0 lead and losing in a game-ending 6 could put a first stop on his career if he doesn’t push his team to victory in that game, especially if he’s trying again as he was. in Game 6.
Just ask LeBron James how this annoying narrative has followed him throughout his career.
Luka needs to show everyone that he can snatch the heart of a team when it matters. This Game 7 against the Clippers will give you the perfect opportunity.