The click between Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving may not have been immediate, but tonight (Thursday-Friday) the two provided a small taste of how lethal this combination could be if it did work.
The two Dallas stars combined for 82 points and 18 assists in a 126:133 victory over Philadelphia, with Doncic finishing with 42 and Irving with 40, and together they become the first duo in Mavericks history to reach 40 or more in the same game.
The Mavs, who lost four of the previous five games with Doncic and Kyrie together, hit no less than 25 three-pointers (franchise record) on the way to victory, with Irving hitting 7 of them.
"For me, the game is much easier when I play with Kyrie," explained Doncic, who is very enthusiastic about the inexhaustible talent of his new teammate.
"He does amazing things on the court, things that are unbelievable. He makes moves that I have never seen before. If there is one player in this league that I would pay to see him play, it's Kyrie.
It looks scary.
Luca and Kyrie (Photo: GettyImages, Ron Jenkins)
In Philadelphia, they experienced firsthand the difficulty that Dallas produces in its new configuration, with two super talents, and admit that there is something to worry about.
Coach Doc Rivers went a step further when he compared Luke and Kyrie's Dallas to the original Dream Team.
According to him, the famous dream team also experienced similar challenges at the beginning of its journey, as Dallas experienced in the first games of Doncic and Irving together.
"In the first games we saw them debating who would take the last shot. They tried to compliment each other, which is always a much better thing than bad. It reminds me of the original Dream Team, where in its first four games everyone tried to compliment each other and be careful not to throw too much." , Rivers explained.
"In the end, everything connected to a certain puzzle and everyone's roles were defined. This is also what will happen in Dallas in the end, it will just take some time," he says, admitting with a smile: "I can only hope that it will take them a little longer than expected."
Tobias Harris, who tried unsuccessfully to stop the two, was also very impressed by the team.
"Two players scored almost fucking 100 points on us. It was hard to deal with Dallas when they only had one basketball wizard like Luka, and now they have two of them. It's a tough matchup, because they are two of the best basketball players in this league." , said.