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The lockdown defender’s blueprint for stopping Dallas Mavericks’ Luka Doncic – ESPN

Tony Allen, Bruce Bowen and Metta Sandiford-Artest could stop superstars in their tracks. How would they defend the Mavericks’ phenom?



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LUKA DONCIC HITS the brakes, changes directions with a behind-the-back dribble, then picks up the ball and steps back to his left before launching a 3-pointer.
It’s March 31 inside Boston’s TD Garden, and Celtics guard Marcus Smart, one of the NBA’s premier on-ball defenders, has just gone from within breathing distance of Doncic to too far away to contest the shot in less than a second.
A couple of possessions after that bucket, Smart picks up Doncic at half court. There’s no dancing this time….

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