Kidd compares dominant Doncic to ‘rare Picasso’

Luka Doncic

Dallas Mavericks coach Jason Kidd believes Luka Doncic’s prodigious talents are as “rare as a Picasso” after the Slovenian continued to set records in the 114-108 win over the Miami Heat.

Doncic notched his fourth successive 35-point triple-double in helping down the Heat – eclipsing the mark set by Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson and Russell Westbrook for the longest streak in NBA history.

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And while Doncic himself preferred to focus on the team, saying “that’s all that matters right now”, Kidd was at the front of a long queue waiting to pour praise on the 25-year-old.

“I’ve always said this: We can’t take that young man for granted,” Kidd said. “You’re seeing something as rare as a Picasso.”

Forward PJ Washington said of Doncic, who finished the night with 35 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists: “It’s insane. 

“I’ve never seen anything like it. I mean, he’s one of the greatest players I’ve ever seen play and just to be on his team, I think it’s special. So just cherish every moment.”

While Kidd was delighted with Doncic’s points-scoring, he was equally impressed with his recent composure and discipline.

Doncic has 13 technical fouls this season, three short of an automatic one-game suspension, but has not received one in his last two outings.

Kidd added: “You talk about the triple-double streak. I think we’ve got the no-T streak going, so that’s something we have to talk about, too. 

“I think he has a little bit more energy now and I think his composure is in a really good place, no matter winning or losing. He loves to win. He wants to win, but I think you’re starting to see him turn the corner here.”

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