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Dallas Mavericks superstar Luka Dončić has been criticized for his offensive approach in the 5th game of the team’s second playoff round against the Phoenix Suns, with a 110-80 defeat.
Dončić finished the game on Tuesday night with 28 points with a shot 10 out of 23 with four turnovers and only two assists in 35 minutes. The loss on the road pushed the Mavs to the brink of elimination as they trailed the Suns, 3-2.
I wonder if he knows @ luka7doncic pass? He’s not Jordan, but he seems to take every hit.
The triple All-Star played both of his assists in the first quarter. He didn’t shoot another one in the last 36 minutes as Phoenix retired.
Doncic and his teammate in the backfield Jalen Brunson also combined 40 of the team’s 71 attempts (56.3 percent).
In the Dallas keeper’s defense, their teammates didn’t exactly fire up at the scoreboard when given the chance. The rest of the list shot just 25.8 percent from the field (8 out of 31).
However, it is somewhat of a catch-22, as it can be argued, it is difficult to find a rhythm as a shooter without consistent touches at the end of the attack.
Here is another reaction to Doncic’s decisions in the attack in the fifth game:
Luka Dončić is an amazing player and a top 10 imo, but the style of the ball that the Mavs play with him is questionable in the best of 7 series. We’ve seen a lot of superstars with the dominant ball, but the Mavs have to find a way to involve others. Too many punches from Luke.
Stefan Schröder @RealStefanS
Luka Dončić took the controversial step back three after holding the ball for several seconds and as the only one who touches it in attack he will not win this match. Just saying. #DALvsPHX
Doncic is usually a far more willing distributor. He averaged 8.7 assists during the regular season, which was fifth in the NBA league, and counted 35 dinars in the first four games of the series.
No matter where the blame for the misunderstanding is in Game 5, the Mavericks will hopefully bounce their attack in a big way as they try to forge a comeback to advance.
The sixth game is scheduled for Thursday at 9:30 p.m. ET on ESPN. So far, the home team has won every game in a row, and Dallas will try to keep that trend.