Luka Dončić ‘No Jordan,’ Mavs star torn for not passing the ball in the 5th game defeat | Bleacher report

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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.

Andrew Perloff @andrewperloff

Luka Dončić has not added a single pass to several consecutive possessions. There’s no way the Mavs will win this way.

Steve @fuzzycardinal

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:

Chris Bean @kingbell7777

@ luka7doncic Dude, you gotta have 4 more guys on the floor. Pass the ball! #NBAPlayoffs #NBA

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.

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