Dallas Mavericks guard Spencer Dinwiddie is confident Luka Doncic will bounce back after a bad Game 1 outing versus the Golden State Warriors. The Warriors delivered a defensive clinic on Wednesday night, limiting Doncic to 20 points and the Mavericks to 87 points.
The Warriors claimed a routine 112-87 win and took a 1-0 lead in the series. Doncic maybe shot 6-of-18 from the field in Game 1 but Dinwiddie has warned the Warriors to stay alert. "He's just brilliant," Dinwiddie said of Doncic, per ESPN.
"I think he's seen every defense. ... If you've seen it before, you've probably developed counters for it. So now it's just about continuing to improve game by game, and he's one of the best in the business at doing it."
Wiggins locked up Doncic
Former No. 1 pick Wiggins was the primary defender on Doncic in Game 1 and he did an exceptional job on the Mavericks guard. After the game, Mavericks head coach Jason Kidd acknowledged the Warriors did a great job defensive on Doncic and overall.
"They did a really good job, Wiggins picking him up full court. They were box-and-one, went zone. But they did a good job. Give them credit. Wiggins did a really good job. We understood coming into the series that we were going to see that.
We'll go back and look at the video and see what we can do better," Kidd said. The Warriors claimed a routine win in Game 1 but Warriors guard Klay Thompson acknowledged they expect the Mavericks to be determined to bounce back in Game 2.
"We expect them to come back with a much better effort on Friday," Thompson said. "It's just one game. We can feel good now but this team was down 2-0 and won the series last round." It remains to be seen how will Doncic play in Game 2.