What’s the competitive dynamic in this series like between you, Chris Paul and Devin Booker? Luka Doncic: “It’s just, like I say, it’s playoffs. It’s always going to be like that, so it’s nothing new to me.” Did you see the clip of Booker after he got crowded and called his dramatics “The Luka Special”? Doncic: “Yeah.” What did you think of that? Doncic: “I don’t really care. It’s all right.”
Source: Callie Caplan, Brad Townsend @ Dallas Morning News
What’s the buzz on Twitter?
76ers fans not happy after James Harden turns ball over and Bam Adebayo steals and goes in for a dunk and a 68-52 Heat lead. 76ers fans start to book the home team. – 8:46 PM
Luka after shootaround: “It’s actually funny because I think they’re letting me go to the stepback, so it feels easy. Normally when I do the stepback, it’s hard. I put more, like, effort in, so I got to go back to that…I’ve got to get down with my legs.”
Luka stepbacking now: pic.twitter.com/aBm3DMRuSV – 8:45 PM
When Dallas goes small tonight w/o Powell and puts more pressure on Paul/Booker, this is the Ayton the Suns need.
He actively seeks out screens and then takes two confident dribbles to get within hook shot range.
Short roll has been there all series. Should be again tonight. pic.twitter.com/TeHATyXVnv – 4:48 PM
Recent #Suns stories:
Booker remote 4th #NBA MVP voting https://t.co/xeZ1BVe8PJ
#Suns look to end chippy series in Game 6 https://t.co/8Fay5Xmh1m
‘The Luka special’: Devin Booker https://t.co/M4fv7NBdex
In a series full with tension vs. the Suns, who’s the Mavs’ best trash talker?
Luka Doncic’s take: “Me? No. . Theo, probably. It’s not Boban, for sure. Maybe it’s Boban, but just against me.” – 12:47 PM
Luka Doncic talked about the “butterflies in the stomach” before a potential elimination game. “I like that feeling,” he said. He has averaged 42 points, 8 rebounds and 12.5 assists in two elimination games, but Mavs lost both to Clippers. – 12:46 PM
Luka Doncic on Mavs’ film session after Game 5 blowout: “You have to watch when you do good stuff — and when you do bad stuff. I think the bad stuff is even more important. We watched mostly the bad part because it was mostly bad parts. … In the playoffs it’s how you respond.” – 12:37 PM
Luka Doncic on following:
Devin Booker’s “Luka Special” line: “Don’t really care.”
Finishing 5th in MVP voting: “I want to win a championship.”
His “everybody acts tough when they up” after Game 5: “When you’re up, everybody is trying to talk.” #Mavs #Suns #NBAPlayoffs2022 pic.twitter.com/FQ9p37nbeO – 12:30 PM
Doncic says “I like the feeling, the butterflies you get,” before big games, including potential elimination games. – 11:58 AM
It’s always so refreshing to grab packages when you know there’s incredible stuff that’s been delivered. Have been waiting on this Biggie book, from @JustinTinsley. Am so excited to dig in. Congrats bro! pic.twitter.com/6I7WxMnRqq – 11:52 AM
Chris Paul is a fierce floor commander and Devin Booker is a cool scoring assassin, but the Phoenix Suns’ team personality comes out during a chaotic, sometimes goofy, but always fun pregame ritual.
My ESPN feature on the Suns’ hype-inducing huddle:
es.pn/3yxZlxO – 10:41 AM
Writing this before tonight’s game in Dallas. I clearly missed on early Booker projections. Not that I didn’t like him. I just didn’t ever consider him much. Maybe it was the franchise he was on. Regardless, he deserved better for me. I think he’s amazing. A killer we run. – 9:05 AM
Devin Booker finished a distant fourth in the #NBA MVP voting as he received one second-place vote, eight third-place votes, 49 fourth-place votes and 22 fifth-place votes.
Chris Paul got two fifth-place votes. #Suns pic.twitter.com/OMEcEMPtE7 – 10:41 PM
Most 40-point games, last 4 postseasons:
– Giannis Antetokounmpo (now 7)
– Luka Doncic, Kevin Durant (6)
– Devin Booker, Jimmy Butler, Kawhi Leonard, Donovan Mitchell, Jamal Murray (4)
– Damian Lillard (3)
– James Harden, Ja Morant, Jayson Tatum (2) – 9:53 PM
I hear slack everytime I say it!!!!!! Jrue holiday is a top 5 pg in the nba. Steph, dame, Luka, Cp3, Jrue holiday – 9:51 PM
You know you excuse makers who try to discredit other players’ championships to uplift your team/favorite players when they lose: when you’re made of championship stuff, you get it done. Series far from over but see Milwaukee minus Middleton and Phoenix w/o Booker – 9:42 PM
Klay Thompson’s recent reading list: “The Breaks of the Game” (David Halberstam) “Young, Black, Rich and Famous” (Todd Boyd), “Hard Labor” (@SamSmith), “Last of the Blue Water Hunters” (Carlos Eyles) & “Book of the Seven Seas” (Peter Freuchen) on.nba.com/3P9XsNz – 9:13 PM
Luka Doncic: Year 4, No. 5 in MVP voting behind Nikola Jokic, Joel Embiid, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Devin Booker.
Luka and Booker both got 1 second-place vote but Booker got 8 third-place votes to Luka’s 0. pic.twitter.com/rtNccIdPzF – 6:44 PM
“We’re going to be ready. I just know we are.”
Mikal Bridges when asked his reaction to Luka Doncic saying “everybody acts tough when they up.” while leaving the court after #Mavs Game 5 loss to #Suns in Phoenix. #NBAPlayoffs2022 pic.twitter.com/6XPwoKzRgC – 6:41 PM
The Suns are targeting Luka Doncic as a screener defender 24.6 times per game this series, per @SecondSpectrum. That’s the most of any non-big this postseason and up from 9 with the Mavericks this regular season. pic.twitter.com/vYpx3BagcQ – 4:16 PM
Mavericks field goal percentages on passes by Luka Doncic this series:
Game 1: 47.6% (10/21)
Game 2: 42.1% (8/19)
Game 3: 52.9% (9/17)
Game 4: 60% (12/20)
Game 5: 25% (3/12)
That’s via @SecondSpectrum. Low attempts and low percentage in Game 5 not a good formula for success. – 3:45 PM
More on this storyline
Anthony Slater: Stephen Curry screaming at the Warriors bench after that steal on Ja Morant in crunch time: “Locked that s—up, boy. I locked that s—up.” -via Twitter @anthonyVslater / May 1, 2022 Christopher Hine: Malik Beasley: “We honestly think it should be 4-1 right now. We should be staying just like Golden State. We made some mistakes. We’re a young team. We got to learn from it and bounce back.” -via Twitter @ChristopherHine / April 28, 2022 NBA Central: “F*ck the talk” – Rudy Gobert pic.twitter.com/lAAoevWOgK-via Twitter @TheNBACentral / April 23, 2022