Archx wrote:wolfram wrote:Luka needs to cut some 3pt shots. I mean, I love him but his % from 3 is below average. Basically same as last year, no improvement there. They need to run more catch&shot for him also. Also 8 turnovers... Man, that is bad.
I don't like the direction Mavs are going. Luka getting stats but as a team they play bad. Not sure if this stuff is getting a little bit in Luka's head (Allstar, MVP...) or is just team structure and coaches actually want him to play hero ball.
This is similar to the reddit posts i've read after the game. Mavs fans were turning on Luka and blaming him for the game and also received a lot of likes. It's quite frustrating when fans from other teams came to defend him. Did Dirk also receive so much hate after these type of games when he was this young?
The thing is, if he stops shooting tough 3's, they will defend him differently and he won't be able to have that much room to penetrate. But they should run more plays to actually get him open shots, that's 100% true.
But what stat padding is he doing? Powell was simply atrocious, Boban can't play much worse, right? At least for those 15-18 mins that he would get the chance. THJ literally shot them out of the game and Luka had to drag them back in. 8TO look bad, but he tried his best to get his team involved. I would still like to see what was his potential assist number for this game. Must have been high as hell, so many missed open shots. What else can you do when entire team, except KP, decides to play zero defense and offense. It's easy to pick on your star player and blame him for everything.
Although Luka did blame himself and those who trash him have no clue how lucky they are to have him here.
Don't baby him too much. He's a professional and being one means receiving critique and correcting mistakes. Dirk got critiqued here as well when he was young.
Keep in mind we basically attached the whole future with him. His success is the teams success. Every criticism aims to improve upon what's already there.
Now we don't want him to stop taking stepback 3s. We just want him to limit it and add some normal pull up 3s or better yet some catch and shoot 3s. He needs tighten up his passing a bit. Too many jump passes and 'homerun" plays sometimes. Also he needs not to care about triple doubles too much and play off ball more.