As the Dallas Mavericks lick their wounds following a brutal run since the trade deadline, Luka Doncic can’t help but wonder how things would look if the team never lost Jalen Brunson to the New York Knicks.
“A lot,” Doncic said Tuesday when asked how much the Mavs miss Brunson. “I mean, amazing guy, amazing player, for sure.”
Doncic went on to suggest the chemistry he had with Brunson – which has yet to eventuate between him and new backcourt partner Kyrie Irving – was underrated, and an overlooked part of the team’s success last season.
“I think you don’t see that chemistry we had before — I mean, especially last year,” Doncic said. “I think that chemistry was at the top, everybody. But chemistry builds not just not right away. It’s a long process.”
Brunson, meanwhile, was asked what he thought of Dallas’ struggles since his departure.
“I am surprised,” he said. “I honestly have no comment about that, but it’s definitely surprising.”
Dallas currently sits one game behind Oklahoma City for the 10th and final play-in spot.
Despite rumors that the Mavs could shut down Doncic and Irving, Luka insists he will continue fighting to keep the season alive.
“I’m playing tomorrow [against the Kings],” Doncic said after Tuesday’s practice. “When there’s still a chance, I’m going to play.”