Mavericks Star Luka Doncic Joins LeBron James and Magic Johnson For Impressive Playoff Feat

Published 08/22/2020, 1:05 AM EDT


Luka Doncic has openly expressed his frustration with his playoff performances. He scored 42 points in his Playoffs debut but called it a terrible game. This was because of his 11 turnovers and the loss his Mavs fell to.

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He was in foul trouble in Game-2 and couldn’t play more than 28 minutes. In today’s third game, Doncic had one of the worst shooting nights of his career. However, he still notched a triple-double.

Doncic is on the path of breaking a lot of the significant triple-double records that have been set over the years. He is already one of the leaders amongst active players in triple-doubles, despite being in his second season.

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He led the league in triple-doubles this regular season with 17. For comparison, Rajon Rondo is 12th on the list with 31 career-triple-doubles. Doncic is on pace to possibly surpass him in the Playoffs.

Speaking about the Playoffs, Doncic’s Game-3 13 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists stat line make him the third-youngest player ever to have accomplished this feat in a playoff game, with Magic Johnson and LeBron James, besting the Slovenian.

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Doncic could have easily had a triple-double in the first two playoff games but fell short in those. This game was arguably his worst scoring game in a long time, but he still played hard enough to get a triple-double.

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Very few players are active triple-double threats like Doncic. The only other players that play like this are LeBron James, Nikola Jokic, and Russell Westbrook. That is impressive company for a player who is in his second year in the league.

Doncic was the biggest factor in pushing the LA Clippers to a hard first-round series, but his horrible performance in Game-3 wasn’t just restricted to his play.

Doncic rolled his left ankle in the third quarter and suffered a nasty sprain. He returned to the game in the fourth quarter but was evidently in way too much pain to continue.

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It is unclear when Doncic will return to play, but it looks like it is safe for us to assume that he will be ruled out of Game-4.

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Ishaan Bhattacharya

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Ishaan Bhattacharya is an NBA, NCAA Basketball, and Combat Sports writer at EssentiallySports. Currently, Ishaan is pursuing a Post Graduate Degree in Journalism from Xavier's Institute of Communication. Previously, Ishaan has written for The Indian Express, The Quint, Sportskeeda, and WrestleClub.

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