Dirk wrote:Pg81 wrote:Dirk wrote:
Check the Sixers and Bucks combined home record vs the other teams: 21-1 + 20-1 = 41-2
Check their record vs the Mavs without Luka: 0-2
What are the chances...
They lost Luka, fell into a hole, but were able to come back from 20 down vs Miami. To build a 30 point lead vs Raptors. To be competitive vs Celtics. There have been multiple games where Luka was chilling on the bench and the other guys built up a big dead.
Just recall the plus/minus thing hah.
Assuming the Mavs wouldn't intentionally tank, there is no way that the Mavs would be 10-34 without Luka.
This just means the Mavs without Luka play better basketball than the Hawks. Thank god for Luka. I don't think I'd enjoy seeing Trae jacking up some of the shots he takes that much. Not to mention offering no resistance on defense.
So what is the Mavs record against the Knicks?
Re-read my post above. I added some more info because all year I was curious about the on/off thing (always believing that in the long run Luka would clearly establish himself well).
I generally avoid these discussions.
And to this post of yours... vs Knicks. Luka played in both games. He misses key shots in both games. Missed game tying 3s. Go ahead 3s.
If you think losing 2 games is the same as the whole run the Mavs had without Luka and the whole year when Luka is not playing... then cool.
If you or anyone believes that the Mavs would be 10-34 or worse, all evidence says that's wrong. You can't even begin to make a case for it. Even when the Mavs were bad (2 years before Luka)... they weren't able to be this bad.
A lot of us WISHED the Mavs were as bad as the Hawks are this season. They weren't... and we suffered because they won too many games.
I have edited my previous post and I have made the case if only your reading comprehension would not fail. The Hawks are that bad because apart from Trae their starting five struggled with injuries and their bench is weak on top of being the youngest team in the league. With a healthy starting lineup that team is better. The Mavs had a lucky run without Luka and some bad luck against the Knicks, thanks for making my point. A handful of games proves very little and as I have stated before, fully healthy 76ers team or Bucks in the playoffs will eviscerate Mavs without Luka. Even with Luka the chances for an upset is not great especially if KP cannot play which is not an unrealistic scenario. Mavs defense without KP is also pretty bad.