‘Terrible, Mavericks Need to Do Something’: Luka Doncic Frustrated After 4th Straight Loss

Published 01/30/2021, 3:55 AM EST
DENVER, CO – OCTOBER 29: Luka Doncic (77) of the Dallas Mavericks yells, “and one,” after making a shot, but not getting call from contact by Paul Millsap (4) of the Denver Nuggets during the second half of Dallas’ 106-109 win on Tuesday, October 29, 2019. (Photo by AAron Ontiveroz/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images)


The Dallas Mavericks suffered their fourth consecutive loss against Utah Jazz (101-120). Despite the best efforts from Luka Doncic, the Mavs seem to be on a downward spiral. For a team that holds title aspirations down the line with minimum playoff expectations, they now lie an awful 13th in the Western Conference table.

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Not only were they put to shame by the Utah Jazz on the court, but they had to face the brunt of the media after the drubbing.

Jan 22, 2021; San Antonio, Texas, USA; San Antonio Spurs forward DeMar DeRozan (10) drives past Dallas Mavericks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) in the first half at the AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Dunn-USA TODAY Sports

In the post-match press conference, Doncic summed up the loss by describing the Mavericks’ effort and play tonight as terrible. When asked to elaborate, he said:

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“There’s really not much to say. I never felt like this. We’ve got to do something because this is not looking good. We’ve got to step up and just talk to each other and play way better than this. It’s mostly effort.”

Luka Doncic upbeat the Mavs can turn it around with ‘more energy and effort’

So, what do the Dallas Mavericks need to do when Luka says he expects more?

“Right now it’s looking like we don’t care, honestly, if we win games or not. But there’s got to be more energy and effort, you know, divert the ball and box out; everything. There’s a lot of things that we can improve. I know we will, and that’s all that matters,” said Doncic.

Jan 23, 2021; Dallas, Texas, USA; Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (77) makes a jump shot against the Houston Rockets during the second quarter at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

But it is not just energy and effort that they need to bring to the floor. The Mavericks also need to work on their wayward shooting form, especially from the three-point line.

Dallas boasted the most offense in NBA history last season, but they only made nine of their 33 three-point attempts and just 18 of their 27 free throws against the Jazz. So, they need to get back in the gym and practice.

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Where does it leave Luka in the MVP race?

The Slovenian was the odds-on favorite to clinch the award before the season began. While he is still a triple-double machine, critics argue that he is just stat-padding now.

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

So, to get back in the MVP contention, it is essential that the Mavs get back to their winning ways. Along with the help of Kristaps Porzingis, an upturn in fortunes would go a long way in pleasing the critics and cementing his superstar status.

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Bharat Aggarwal

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Bharat Aggarwal is a sports analyst for EssentiallySports, covering Formula 1 and NBA. A Delhi University graduate, Bharat has multi-year experience in sports writing, having closely worked with the content strategy aspect as well. Bharat Aggarwal supports Manchester United, Lewis Hamilton, Cristiano Ronaldo, Rafael Nadal, Dirk Nowitzki, Sachin Tendulkar, Ayrton Senna, Kristaps Porzingis, and Dallas Mavericks.

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