Kurtenbach: Andrew Wiggins’ insane dunk on Luka Dončić will forever change his reputation — Chico Enterprise-Record

Andrew Wiggins’ highlight dunk over Luka shows how far he has come as a player and how close the Warriors are to another title.

Kurtenbach: Andrew Wiggins’ insane dunk on Luka Dončić will forever change his reputation — Chico Enterprise-Record

Wiggins puts Doncic in a poster, Warriors put Mavericks on notice with Game 3 win — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports

Luka Doncic scored 40 but the Warriors are now up 3-0 in the series.

Wiggins puts Doncic in a poster, Warriors put Mavericks on notice with Game 3 win — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports

Kurtenbach: The Warriors finally look title-worthy — Red Bluff Daily News

SAN FRANCISCO — Had Game 1 of the Warriors and Mavericks’ playoff series come in round one instead of the Western Conference Finals, things might have been different. Instead, this series looks lopsided in favor of the Dubs after only one contest. The Warriors didn’t just beat the Mavericks on Wednesday night in Game 1…

Kurtenbach: The Warriors finally look title-worthy — Red Bluff Daily News

Kidd: Suns will hunt Luka Doncic, “He’s got to participate. He’s got to play defense.” — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports

“There’s no secret, they’re gonna put in in every pick-and-roll.”

Kidd: Suns will hunt Luka Doncic, “He’s got to participate. He’s got to play defense.” — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports

Report: Optimism Luka Doncic will return for Mavericks-Jazz Game 3 or Game 4 — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports

Doncic could make a massive difference in this series.

Report: Optimism Luka Doncic will return for Mavericks-Jazz Game 3 or Game 4 — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports

Luka Doncic singing song to himself when frustrated so he doesn’t argue with referees — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports

Luka Doncic already has the reputation as one of the biggest complainers in the league.

Luka Doncic singing song to himself when frustrated so he doesn’t argue with referees — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports

Celtics fall to Dallas on KG Day, 95-92 — Boston Herald

It’s as if the Celtics gave Kevin Garnett his seat under the basket for this very reason. Jaylen Brown dunked so completely over Maxi Kleber in the second quarter that he straddled the Dallas forward, finally landing on his feet with a roar, directly in front of Sunday’s guest of honor. 547 more words

Celtics fall to Dallas on KG Day, 95-92 — Boston Herald

Rudy Gobert takes umbrage with comments from Mavericks reserves — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports

Luka Doncic and Rudy Gobert got into it during the Mavericks’ win over the Jazz last night.

Rudy Gobert takes umbrage with comments from Mavericks reserves — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports

Mavericks trading Kristaps Porzingis to Wizards — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports

The Wizards looking toward next season also included trading Montrezl Harrell (to the Hornets) and Aaron Holiday (to the Suns, who also add Torrey Craig from the Pacers).

Mavericks trading Kristaps Porzingis to Wizards — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports

RAPTORS-MAVERICKS PREGAME NOTES

INJURY REPORT AT 6:30 P.M.

TOR@DAL

Dallas Mavericks Brown, Sterling Out Injury/Illness – Left Foot; Soreness
Bullock, Reggie Probable Injury/Illness – Right Knee; Soreness
Kleber, Maxi Probable Injury/Illness – Left Knee; Soreness
Toronto Raptors Birch, Khem Out Injury/Illness – Nose; Fracture
Bonga, Isaac Out G League – On Assignment
Dragic, Goran Out Not With Team
Game Date Game Time Matchup Team Player Name Current Status Reason
Johnson, David Out G League – Two-Way
Trent Jr., Gary Questionable Injury/Illness – Left Ankle; Swelling


• The Toronto Raptors (21-20) continue a five-game road trip (Jan. 14-21) Wednesday night against the Dallas Mavericks (25-19) at American Airlines Center. The Raptors are 6-3 in the month of January. Toronto and Dallas meet for the second time this season after the Mavericks won, 103-95, in Toronto in late October. The Raptors play eight-of-10 games on the road to end the month (Jan. 14-31).
Pascal Siakam finished with 18 points, a season high-tying 10 assists and matched a career-best with five
steals Jan. 17 at Miami. Siakam has now recorded seven double-doubles in the last 10 games (Dec. 31 -Jan. 17), averaging 23.5 points, 9.8 rebounds and 6.8 assists during this span. Siakam became just the ninth player in franchise history to dish out 10+ assists with no turnovers against the Heat.
Chris Boucher recorded his fourth double-double of the season with a team-high 23 points and 10 rebounds in career high-tying 38 minutes off the bench Jan. 17 at Miami. He has now scored 10+ points in a season high-tying four straight games (Jan. 11-17), averaging 15.3 points and 9.8 rebounds. Boucher
holds the franchise-record with 17 career double-doubles off the bench, including three this season.
Fred VanVleet has made 3+ three-pointers in a franchise-record 12 straight games (Dec. 14 – Jan. 17). He is averaging 27.4 points and shooting .437 (66-151) from beyond the arc during this stretch. VanVleet ranks third in the NBA with 149 threes this season – behind Stephen Curry (196) and Buddy Hield (165).
Pascal Siakam is currently averaging 21.0 points, and career highs of 8.4 rebounds and 5.0 assists. He is one of just six players in the NBA averaging 20.0 points, 8.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists this season, along with Giannis Antetokounmpo, Luka Doncic, Joel Embiid, James Harden and Nikola Jokic.
Precious Achiuwa matched his career high with 15 rebounds against his former team Monday night. Achiuwa and Chris Boucher grabbed six offensive boards apiece vs. Miami and accounted for 12 of Toronto’s 15 offensive rebounds. The Raptors currently lead the NBA in offensive rebounds per game (13.5) and rank second (16.8) in second-chance points – behind only Memphis (17.5). Through nine contests in January, Toronto has outrebounded opponents 140-to-88 (+52) on the offensive end. Boucher (29) and Achiuwa (28) rank tied for sixth and seventh, respectively, in the NBA in offensive rebounds this month.
Fred VanVleet (3.9) and Gary Trent Jr. (3.5) currently rank second and fourth, respectively, in the NBA in deflections per game. VanVleet has led the NBA in deflections per game each of the past two seasons, while Trent Jr. also ranks fourth in the league in steals (1.91). The Raptors lead the NBA in deflections per
game (18.3) this season and rank third in steals (9.1).
DID YOU KNOW? Wednesday’s game against the Mavericks features an NBA season-high 17 international players from 13 countries. Toronto’s current roster has 10 international players, including three from
Canada – Khem Birch, Chis Boucher and Dalano Banton.
PROBABLE STARTERS
F – OG ANUNOBY #3

MIN: 36.1 REB: 5.0 AST: 2.4 STL: 1.5 TO: 1.7 BLK: 0.4 PTS: 19.2
• Tallied 14 points, two rebounds and two assists in 34 minutes Jan. 17 at Miami.
• Has scored in double figures in 10 straight games (Dec. 28 – Jan. 17), averaging 18.9 points during this stretch.
• Averaging 20.5 points in 11 games on the road this season, compared to 18.2 at home (15 games played).
F – PASCAL SIAKAM #43

MIN: 36.3 REB: 8.4 AST: 5.0 STL: 1.1 TO: 2.5 BLK: 0.8 PTS: 21.0
• Recorded 18 points, 10 assists and six rebounds Jan. 17 at Miami; added a career high-tying five steals.
• Blocked his 250th career shot against the Heat; became just the 10th Raptor to reach this milestone.
• Has dished out 10 assists in consecutive games (Jan. 15-17) for the first time in his career.
C – PRECIOUS ACHIUWA #5

MIN: 25.3 REB: 7.8 AST: 1.3 STL: 0.6 TO: 1.1 BLK: 0.7 PTS: 7.9
• Finished with six points and a career high-tying 15 rebounds in 37 minutes Jan. 17 at Miami.
• Ranks second among sophomores in rebounding (7.8) – has led the Raptors in rebounding a team-high 13 times.
• Averaging 8.1 points, 8.8 rebounds and 27.9 minutes in 19 starts this season.
G – SCOTTIE BARNES #4

MIN: 35.6 REB: 7.9 AST: 3.5 STL: 1.0 TO: 1.9 BLK: 0.9 PTS: 14.5
• Contributed 16 points, eight rebounds and six assists in 39 minutes Jan. 17 at Miami.
• Tied for the lead among rookies in rebounds (7.9), ranks fourth in assists (3.5) and fifth in scoring (14.5).
• Leads the Raptors, and all rookies, with 96 offensive rebounds this season.
G – FRED VANVLEET #23

MIN: 38.0 REB: 4.8 AST: 6.7 STL: 1.7 TO: 2.7 BLK: 0.5 PTS: 21.9
• Contributed 22 points, four rebounds and four assists in 41 minutes Jan. 17 at Miami.
• Has already made six or more three-point field goals in a single-season franchise record nine games this year.
• Leads the NBA in minutes per game (38.0), has logged 40+ minutes 11 times.
INJURY REPORT
Khem Birch (Nose; Fracture) – Out
Isaac Bonga (G League – On Assignment) – Out
Goran Dragic (NWT) – Out
David Johnson (G League – Two-Way) – Out
Gary Trent Jr. (Left Ankle; Swelling) – Questionable

NEXT GAME DETAILS
Opponent: Dallas Mavericks
Date: Wednesday, January 19
Tip-Off: 8:30 p.m. (ET)
Venue: American Airlines Center
Television: Sportsnet
Radio: Sportsnet 590 The FAN
SERIES RECAP VS. DALLAS
OVERALL HOME ROAD
2021-22 0-1 0-1 0-0
ALL-TIME 22-28 15-10 7-18
STREAKS Lost 2 Lost 1 Lost 2
LAST WIN: Jan. 18, 2021 (116-93)
LAST ROAD WIN: Jan. 27, 2019 (123-120)
LARGEST MARGIN OF VICTORY: +23 (Jan. 18, 2021)
LARGEST MARGIN OF DEFEAT: -28 (Nov. 7, 2009)
LAST TIME VS. DALLAS
GAME 3 – OCTOBER 23, 2021
DALLAS 103, TORONTO 95

TORONTO – The one-two punch of Dallas Maverick guards Luka Doncic
and Tim Hardaway Jr. delivered a second-half knockout blow to the Toronto Raptors … After a slow start, Doncic and Hardaway heated up in the
third and fourth quarters to finish with 27 and 25 points, respectively, in
the Mavericks 103-95 victory before a sellout gathering of 19,800 at Scotiabank Arena … It was the Mavericks’ (1-1) first win of the season, while
Toronto (1-2) could not build on its first win in Boston against the Celtics
the night before … The Mavericks trailed by as much as 14 points early.
But before the third quarter hit the midway point, Dallas had tied the game
62-62 thanks to a couple of three-point jumpers from Hardaway … Canadian forward Dwight Powell then gave the Mavericks the lead for the first
time on a nifty pass from guard Doncic … Doncic nailed a three-pointer on
Dallas’s next trip down the floor for a 67-62 lead. At the end of the third
quarter, a brilliant alley-oop play from Fred VanVleet to Precious Achiuwa
pulled the Raptors to within 74-72 … VanVleet finished with 20 points.
1 2 3 4 TOT
DALLAS 18 27 29 29 103
TORONTO 25 26 21 23 95

MAVERICKS PROBABLE STARTERS
PLAYER / 2021-22 REGULAR SEASON AVERAGES NOTES

10 Dorian Finney-Smith

F • 6-7 • 220 • Florida/USA • 6th Season
GP/GS PPG RPG APG SPG BPG MPG
43/43 10.5 4.8 1.9 1.2 0.5 32.0
LAST GAME: 17 points (6-11 FG, 4-7 3FG), 10 rebounds (4 OR), 2
assists and 2 steals in 34 minutes vs. OKC (1/17/22). NOTES: Averaging
a career-high 10.5 ppg … scored a season-high 23 points at MIN
(12/19/21) … increased his ppg, FG% and 3FG% in each of his first five
seasons, joining Gary Payton as the only players in NBA history to
accomplish the feat.

42 Maxi Kleber

F • 6-10 • 240 • Bayern Munich/Germany • 5th Season
GP/GS PPG RPG APG SPG BPG MPG
29/12 7.4 5.8 1.0 0.4 0.9 24.6
LAST GAME: 8 points (3-6 FG, 2-4 3FG) and 3 rebounds in 15 minutes
vs. OKC (1/17/22). NOTES: Has started the last eight games (11 this
season) … connected on a career-high-tying 6 3-pointers (6-9 3FG) en
route to scoring a season-high 18 points vs. CHI (1/9/22) … DAL is 2-0
this season when he scores 15+ points.

6 Kristaps Porzingis

C • 7-3 • 240 • Cajasol Seville/Latvia • 6th Season
GP/GS PPG RPG APG SPG BPG MPG
28/28 20.3 7.9 2.2 0.8 1.8 30.2
LAST GAME: 13 points (6-11 FG), 8 rebounds, 1 assist and 4 blocks in
28 minutes vs. OKC (1/17/22). NOTES: Returned vs. ORL (1/15/22) after
missing the previous seven games, including the previous six due to
health and safety protocols … DAL is 3-0 this season when he scores 30+
points.

13 Jalen Brunson

G • 6-1 • 190 • Villanova/USA • 4th Season
GP/GS PPG RPG APG SPG BPG MPG
43/25 16.0 3.8 5.7 1.0 0.0 31.0
LAST GAME: 14 points, 5 rebounds, 8 assists and 2 steals in 38 minutes
vs. OKC (1/17/22). NOTES: Averaging career highs in points (16.0),
rebounds (3.8) and assists (5.7) … has scored 10+ points in 25 straight
games, the longest double-figure scoring streak of his career … has
started the last 19 games (18.1 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 6.8 apg and 13-6 record in
stretch).

77 Luka Dončić

G • 6-7 • 230 • Real Madrid/Slovenia • 4th Season
GP/GS PPG RPG APG SPG BPG MPG
29/29 24.6 8.6 8.8 1.2 0.5 34.8
LAST GAME: 20 points (12-14 FT), 11 rebounds, 12 assists, 3 steals and
3 blocks in 39 minutes vs. OKC (1/17/22). NOTES: DAL is 18-8 this
season when he scores 20+ points, including 11-5 when he goes for 25+
… named All-NBA First Team in each of the past two seasons (youngest
ever with multiple First Team selections) … franchise leader in tripledoubles (41).
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2021-22 REGULAR SEASON MAVERICKS RECORDS
RECORD HOME ROAD OT
OVERALL 25-19 13-8 12-11 1-1
WESTERN 20-10 9-3 11-7 1-1
EASTERN 5-9 4-5 1-4 —
SOUTHWEST 9-2 3-2 6-0 —
STREAKS OVERALL: WON 3 HOME: WON 5 ROAD: WON 1
UPCOMING GAMES
DATE OPPONENT TIME (CT) TV
Thu, Jan. 20 vs. PHX 6:30 pm TNT
Sun, Jan. 23 vs. MEM 6:30 pm BSSW
Tue, Jan. 25 at GSW 9:00 pm TNT
Wed, Jan. 26 at POR 9:00 pm BSSW
Sat, Jan. 29 vs. IND 6:00 pm BSSW
MAVERICKS BROADCAST INFORMATION: Bally Sports Southwest will televise 72 of the Mavericks’ regular season games with Mark Followill, Derek
Harper and Jeff “Skin” Wade calling the action. 97.1 The Eagle (KEGL) will broadcast every game with Chuck Cooperstein and Brad Davis on the call.
Games can also be heard in Spanish on Univision 99.1 FM (KFZO) with Victor Villalba providing the play-by-play