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|THIS ISN'T WHAT Kristaps Porzingis expected when he arrived in Dallas.
As the centerpiece of a blockbuster trade, he anticipated forming one of the NBA's most potent duos with Luka Doncic, a fellow rising star. Porzingis anticipated it'd be a 1A-1B sort of situation.
Doncic has certainly held up his end of that deal. At age 22, he'll soon become a two-time All-NBA selection, and he just averaged 35.7 points, 7.9 rebounds and 10.3 assists in the second playoff series of his career.
But that happened in a losing effort, as the Dallas Mavericks fell to the LA Clippers in a seven-game series in which one of the most prominent storylines was how little Dallas relied on Porzingis, who has battled injuries and adapted to a secondary role over the past two seasons. Porzingis averaged 13.1 points and 5.4 rebounds, often utilized offensively essentially as a decoy while Doncic carved up a Clippers defense designed to slow him down.
The Mavericks are obviously Doncic's franchise. But one of the biggest questions for the Mavs moving forward is how Porzingis fits into the picture.
"Good question," Porzingis said after Game 7, pausing to collect his thoughts. "How do I feel? I mean, I'm good. I tried to put in the work, tried to work hard. I do my part, listen to the coaches, what I'm asked to do, and that's it.
"I try to keep it simple for myself, so I'm not overthinking, and I try to focus on what I can control. That's being a better basketball player, going into the offseason hungry. I want to get better physically [and] on the basketball court. I'm going to put that work in to get better, and then the rest of the stuff will resolve itself."
A superstar of Doncic's caliber naturally creates pressure on a franchise to compete for championships. As a result, every decision the Dallas front office makes is viewed through the prism of fitting with its franchise player.
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