Third straight loss for the Mavs
The Dallas Mavericks opened two game road trip with a loss to Indiana 111-99. Dallas’ road record is now 4-19. The game in snowy Indianapolis started tight, in the second period the Pacers lead by as many as 18 points, but the Mavs managed to retain a reasonable distance in the third quarter until Luka Dončić received his second technical foul of the game and was ejected from the game. Rookie point guard allowed his frustrations with the officiating to get the best of him. Although Dončić says the “soccer kick” was meant to be playful. “I was trying to, what do you say, juggle the ball? I’ve got to work on my soccer, I guess,” said Dončić. “I didn’t try to kick the ball in the stands. For sure, I didn’t know the rule that if it goes into the stands you get ejected. Different rules in Europe.”
“I wasn’t playing good, for sure,” said Dončić, who scored eight points, six assists and five rebounds in 24 minutes. “It was one of the worst games I’ve played, so, yeah, I was frustrated, for sure. I learned a new thing today. Everybody does bad things in their life. It’s not going to stop me in the next game. That’s the good thing about the NBA. Next game, just forget about it and move on.”
Slovenian teenager will probably be an NBA All-Star in February, but NBA referees continue to treat him more like a rookie in terms of the calls made against him. “Frustrated, obviously, but it’s a situation that he’s got to avoid,” coach Rick Carlisle said. “There’s going to be nights like that. He’s got to keep playing the game. We need him. We can’t afford to lose a guy like that. Can’t afford to lose any of our guys.”
The Mavs will face the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday.