What a wild few nights the NBA has had this week. Blake Griffin from the Detroit Pistons scored a career-high 50 points, including the game-winning bucket and free throw to keep them unbeaten for the season. Steph Curry found his shot and poured on 51 points in three quarters against the Washington Wizards. The Raptors are 5-0, thanks to Kawhi Leonard, and Giannis Antetokounmpo posted his 10th career triple-double. The first player since Wilt Chamberlain to record four straight 25-points, 15-rebound games to open a team’s season.
Yeah… All these players have already established themselves as superstars in the league. But Luka Doncic from the Dallas Mavericks and Trae Young from the Atlanta Hawks are clearly the future of their own teams. Both got traded for each other on Draft night, so they will indefinitely be forever linked in their careers.
But last night, the two came head-to-head in their first regular-season showdown. Doncic started it off scoring 12 points in the first quarter as the Mavs built a 42-22 lead. Dallas was steamrolling in the second quarter leading by 26, as Young struggled from the field and picked up three fouls. But the script flipped in the second half, and the Hawks mounted an epic comeback. Kent Bazemore did the heavy lifting who scored a career-high 32 points, however, Young delivered big in the crunch time scoring 12 of his 17 points in the final quarter. The game finished with the Hawks taking the W, 111-104.
Doncic was a rock-solid franchise cornerstone, coming off a multiple-MVP and championship season in Real Madrid (the best professional basketball team outside the NBA). Atlanta had Doncic for the taking, but took a gamble and traded him for a physically flawed point guard in Young. To me, both players are epic to watch, and both teams won the trade.
Catch you Monday.