Publish date:

Key Mavs Sharp In First Bubble Scrimmage; Luka Gets A Scare

The Dallas Mavericks Hit The Floor For The First Time In 134 Days In Thursday, And The Results Were Much Different Than Expected

DALLAS - The typical NBA scrimmage or preseason debut tends to see its fair share of rusty play, and after a 134-day hiatus from competitive play, that's what most expected to see when the Lakers and Mavericks met in their first scrimmage on Thursday night. 

The Mavs, who have been exceeding expectations since October of last year, once again surprised the masses, however, looking sharp and potent on their way to a 108-104 defeat of the NBA Title-Favorite Lakers. 

Obviously, a scrimmage with limited minutes for its stars is mostly meaningless in terms of projecting a team's success in the bubble. That said, from the limited minutes we saw from the Mavs stars, there is reason for optimism. 

From Kristaps Porzingis to Luka Doncic, to Tim Hardaway Jr, to Seth Curry, each key Maverick starter had their moments to shine. Whether it was Luka's Dazzling 14-6-5 line in just 16 minutes, or Curry's 23 points on 8-8 shooting, that included 6-6 from deep, there was an abnormal crispness to the Mavs Thursday night debut. 

Recommended Articles


'Bounce-Back!': Doncic, Hardaway Jr. Lead Mavs' Rout of Raptors

Luka Doncic, Tim Hardaway Jr. and Kristaps Porzingis leveled-up in the Dallas Mavericks' second game of the season, as the team captured a first win in Toronto against the Raptors since 2014.

Goran Dragic

Could Mavs Still Pull Off Trade For Raptors' Goran Dragic?

The Dallas Mavericks attempted to trade for Toronto Raptors guard Goran Dragic in the NBA offseason but came up empty. Is it too late to pull off a deal?

Kristaps Porzingis, Dalas Mavericks

Will "Terrible" End In Toronto? GAMEDAY: Mavs vs. Raptors

The Dallas Mavericks look for their first win of the 2021-22 season.

Even Porzingis, who despite his early foul trouble, managed eight points on 50-percent shooting in 15 minutes. 

Boban Marjanovic also deserves a shout, earning a 17-point 13-rebound double-double in the win. 

The night didn't go totally as planned, however, with Luka Doncic heading to the locker room in the third quarter followed closely by head trainer Casey Smith. 

Luka's injury-scare turned out to be only that, is still unknown, as the 21-year old returned to the sideline in quick order, and seemed relaxed and happy to cheer along with his teammates for the sideline. 

Whether the Mavs hot start to the bubble has any meaning or not remains to be seen, but with two more scrimmages, before the games start to count on July 31, they have ample time to figure that out.