WATCH: Mavericks’ Luka Doncic Shows Off Playmaking Skills With Outrageous No-Look Pass

Published 03/19/2021, 11:23 PM EDT
Mar 17, 2021; Dallas, Texas, USA; Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (77) and forward Tim Hardaway Jr. (11) celebrates during the game between the Dallas Mavericks and the LA Clippers at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports


Dallas Mavericks had an embarrassing start to their season. However, they have made a strong recovery, and after being 9-14 at one point, they are 21-18 now. The MVP-caliber campaign from Luka Doncic and the recent form of Kristaps Porzingis has helped them gain momentum.

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Tonight, they are facing the Portland Trail Blazers, and Doncic has caught fire early. He ended the half with 22 points while shooting 8-14 from the field. However, the highlight of the half wasn’t his scoring but his absurd assist to Tim Hardaway Jr. early in the second quarter.

With the ball in his hands, he was closing in towards the rim with his silky handles. After attracting the defenders towards himself, it looked like Doncic was about to take a shot. But without even having a look, he tossed the ball directly behind. It perfectly fell to Hardaway Jr, who made no mistake in converting Luka’s pass.

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The commentator was also stunned and said that Luka has eyes at the back of his head, which seems like the only logical explanation for such a pass.

Can Luka Doncic lead the Mavericks to a win over the inspired Blazers?

The Mavericks will play the Blazers twice in a row. After tonight’s game, they play them once again on Sunday. This is going to be very difficult for them considering the Blazers’ recent form.

Damian Lillard went ballistic in his last two games, scoring 50 and 36 points in their two games against the Pelicans. It also marked the return of CJ McCollum, who is still trying to find his feet since his injury. So, Lillard’s form coupled with McCollum’s return spells trouble for the Mavs.

Mar 16, 2021; Portland, Oregon, USA; Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard (0) celebrate with teammates after a 125-124 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans at Moda Center. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

But Luka and the Mavs are not afraid. They took down the Clippers in their last game and the Nuggets less than a week ago. So, they know that at their best, they can take down any team in the league.

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Tonight, Porzingis has started 0-6 and has just two points in the first half. The Mavericks are down by four points, and he is a big reason for that. While Doncic is doing his best, Porzingis’ inconsistent performances are the primary reason behind the Mavs only being eighth.

The Mavs need him to step up with an improved contribution, and they also need Doncic to continue his superb start. If they can achieve both, a win is on the cards for them.

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Mar 17, 2021; Dallas, Texas, USA; Dallas Mavericks guard Josh Richardson (0) and center Kristaps Porzingis (6) and guard Luka Doncic (77) celebrate during the third quarter against the LA Clippers at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

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Aaron Mathew is a sports analyst at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Mass Media from Xavier’s College, Aaron has been a part of EssentiallySports since May 2020 where he covers both NBA and NCAA basketball news, and has also covered NBA 2K. In the past, Aaron has worked at the Sports Desk of Mumbai Mirror.

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