Kyrie Irving 'Amazed' By Luka Doncic's Greatness; Mavs 2 Wins Away From NBA Finals

This time last year, Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving had to watch the NBA playoffs from home after the Dallas Mavericks failed to make the postseason. Now, though, with a revamped supporting cast around them, the dynamic duo has the Mavs just two wins away from an NBA Finals berth.

The turnaround the Mavs have gone through has been a complete franchise effort, from the front office, to the coaching staff, and to the players. However, Doncic's growth as a leader on his path to becoming an all-time NBA great has played a big part in the Mavs being able to take the next step.

kyrie irving 'amazed' by luka doncic's greatness; mavs 2 wins away from nba finals

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After beating the Minnesota Timberwolves in Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals with a game-winning 3-pointer, Doncic has given the Mavs a 2-0 series lead as they head back to Dallas for Games 3 and 4. Irving spoke on Doncic's heroics following Friday's game.

“I’m amazed," Irving said. "I don’t use that word lightly either… I think he’s answered a lot of calls. When Luka first came into the league, there were a lot of questions on what he was going to turn out to be. I know a few people are eating their words.

"Watching him ascend into becoming an all-time great is amazing, and I don’t take it for granted because I played with one of the greatest of all time, arguably the greatest of all time [in LeBron James]… I want to be supportive and continue to be an all-time great next to him, continue to show him the ropes, and let him continue to fly.”

Not only are Doncic and Irving arguably the best star duo on the court, but they have incredible chemistry off the court as well. The two stars have spent time with each other's families at dinners and stuff of that nature, strengthening their bond as brothers and not just teammates.

Those good vibes, as well as the significantly upgraded supporting cast around them, have made a big difference in turning the Mavs into a true title contender – an outcome that was considered delusional 12 months ago. This season has already been a success for Doncic, Irving, and the Mavs, but now that they're close to their ultimate goal, we'll see if they can finish the job.

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