Restart sets up Mavs’ Doncic, Porzingis for playoff debuts

Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (77) attempts a shot as Sacramento Kings guard Cory Joseph (9) and forward Harrison Barnes (40) defend during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)

By SCHUYLER DIXON, the Associated Press

The NBA restarts means the Dallas Mavericks should soon see the playoff debuts of European stars Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis. Veteran guard J.J. Barea says he’s been telling the young duo it’s “going to be the real deal.” Doncic and Porzingis are playing together for the first time this season. Dallas is seventh in the Western Conference going into the eight-game restart in Florida. The Mavericks are seven games ahead of eighth-place Memphis. If Dallas makes the playoffs, it will be the franchise’s first postseason berth without Dirk Nowitzki since 1990.