Luka Doncic has declared the Warriors Chase Center as one of the NBA’s highest arena

When it comes to crowd noise, many Warriors fans look fondly back to the days of the Oracle Arena where Golden State won the most recent three NBA Championships in 2015, 17 and 18.

The Warriors are in the midst of their first playoff round since moving to Chase Center in 2019. Steve Curry and his cohorts are working to establish a winning tradition and a playoff court advantage at their new stadium in their new home.

Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic, who is in San Francisco in preparation for Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals on Wednesday, was impressed by the decibel levels that raucous Warriors fans have reached and ranks the Chase Center as one of the toughest NBA arenas to play in.

“It’s a bustling gym, I’m not going to lie,” Doncic said of the Chase Center on Tuesday. “I think this one and [Vivint Arena in] Utah honestly owns the top gyms in the league.”

Doncic has played two games as a rookie at the Oracle Arena but has been a good fit five times against the Warriors since Chase Center opened in 2019.

In those five competitions, Doncic averages 29.5 points per game while shooting 41.9 percent from depth.

“Sometimes it’s better to play away from home for me,” Doncic said. “When you score a basket, everyone is quiet. Everyone boos, and then everyone is silent.”

Although impressed by the Chase Center crowd, Doncic saw it all.

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“I played in Europe,” he said. “I played in Greece, I played in Serbia, I played in Turkey. That’s another level of crowd. It’s loud. You can’t hear the guy next to you.”

Warriors fans will try to live up to Doncic’s high praise on Wednesday night in the first game. Go to the NBC Sports Bay area at 5 p.m. to watch “Warriors Live: Playoff Edition.”

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