Christian Wood arrived in Dallas this summer to be Luka Doncic’s interior counterpart, the Slovenian’s first attacking alternative. A knee injury delayed his acclimatization a bit, but the last few games prove that the former Rockets player is on the right track as Wood shoots for 17.5 points (on 57% shooting ability, 43% from 3-point range ) and 7.5 rebounds in an average of 25 minutes. Unfortunately, a perfect streak was interrupted last night by a cautious outing against the Nuggets: 5 points on just three shots, 7 rebounds, 2 assists in 17 minutes, his shortest playing time since the start of the season . What would annoy him? : ” I want to play more. I have expressed this many times. So I did my duty…”
It’s even more incomprehensible that he’s coming off his best game in his new colors with 28 points on 11/16 shooting and 8 rebounds in just 26 minutes. Facing the same Nuggets!
“He’s a great player”hammered Luka Doncic. “He’s a great defender. He helped us a lot. The chemistry will be good and we will get to know each other better. But as you can see on the pitch, we understand each other well, but we can do more”.
JaVale McGee to guide him
To facilitate his integration, Christian Wood relied on his new teammate JaVale McGee. Beyond his own abilities, he also had to adapt to a new environment, in a team with great ambitions, a first for him.
“Christian is just trying to play winning basketball. It’s the first time he’s been on a regular team that aims to go to the playoffs and far. He went through times where he was playing, I don’t mean loser’s basketball, but it wasn’t winning team basketball.”commemorating the three-time NBA champion. “He is very professional. He works every day and is a scorer. It’s really amazing to see his development, and to see him understand, not his role, because his role is obviously to score, but how to get his shots, and his positions, and how also involved his teammates.
An adjustment that took him a long time, Christian Wood was not the type to pull the blanket over him. He took what the defense gave him before eventually becoming more aggressive with the ball, with success shown by his 11/16 shooting in the first game against Denver.
“Sometimes he’s in the post and passes. So I always tell him, “They don’t pay you to pass the post, unless there’s two people or something like that.” When he does it individually, I tell him, “No, go to the coal. That’s why you’re here, to get points, so don’t let them pass. If there’s going to be a duel, make the right choice , but if not, go ahead, try to score.
“The good thing is that he is really altruistic and he seeks to do the right thing above all”
After a month of competition in the regular season, the results are encouraging at the moment because the goal is that Christian Wood is fully integrated into the style of the Mavericks for the spring, when the big meetings are near.
“I think you can see that he is comfortable in his role. He does a good job for us on both sides of the pitch. You just have to try to give him the ball in attack because he has talent. The good thing is he’s really selfless and looking to do the right thing first and foremost, and he’s doing that at a high level for us right now. We need that”was for his part estimated Jason Kidd before the night game.
On the other hand, the Mavericks coach did not comment on the 17 minutes given to Wood in the loss to the Nuggets…
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