Mavericks’ Luka Doncic Reacts to Rick Carlisle’s Debatable Decision During the Finals Minutes vs Bucks

Published 01/16/2021, 1:14 AM EST
Jan 1, 2021; Dallas, Texas, USA; Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (77) walks off the court after the win over the Miami Heat at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports


After a slow start to the season, Luka Doncic and the Mavericks drastically improved over the last few games. In fact, Doncic became the Western Conference player of the week for his efforts this past week. However, their winning streak was put to an end by the Milwaukee Bucks tonight.

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The Bucks won the game by just 3 points and if it weren’t for a rushed shot by Kristaps Porzingis, the Mavs could have tied the game. Regardless of the shot, head coach Rick Carlisle’s decision not to call a timeout during that crucial play could be blamed for the mishap.

Luka Doncic talks about the missed shot by Kristaps Porzingis

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Jan 1, 2021; Dallas, Texas, USA; Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (77) celebrates during the second quarter against the Miami Heat at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Following the defeat, Luka was clearly pretty unhappy as he gave it his all in the game. Doncic talked about the no-timeout call by Carlisle in an interview. Luka said:

It’s coach’s decision, but if we would have made the shot, everything would be good. If we made the shot, everything would be different, you know. But I don’t know. It’s coach’s decision to call a timeout or no, so I think it’s good.”

As Doncic said, at the end of the day, Carlisle had to make that crucial decision. While he botched that decision, it was just a regular-season game after all. Moving forward, the Mavericks will hope not to repeat such mistakes.

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Can the Doncic-Porzingis duo help the Mavericks win an NBA title?

Dec 17, 2020; Dallas, Texas, USA; Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (77) in action during the game between the Dallas Mavericks and the Minnesota Timberwolves at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

After being sidelined for months, Kristaps Porzingis has finally returned for the team. Although he is still a little rusty due to not playing for such a long time, his comeback is certainly good news for the team in the longer run.

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Once Porzingis gets back in rhythm, the Mavericks will have a great chance to push for a deep playoff run this season. They have a good roster and if Doncic and Porzingis play at an elite level, they might become the dark horse contenders for the 2021 NBA championship.

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Aikansh Chaudhary

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Aikansh Chaudhary is an NBA columnist for Essentially Sports. Previously, he helped rank various websites using the latest SEO techniques, and wrote over 2000 articles during his stint as a freelance writer. A die hard Lakers fan, Aikansh will forever uphold LeBron James as the GOAT.

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