Luka Doncic’s brutally honest take on groin shot to Collin Sexton that led to ejection
Luka Doncic has had his fair share of on-court flare-ups throughout his young career. The Dallas Mavericks star has been lambasted to no end about his constant complaining to officials when calls don’t go his way.
His recent actions probably won’t do any good in trying to dispel the noise surrounding his behavior on the court. The Mavs star was ejected during their critical matchup against the Cleveland Cavaliers for an “aggressive strike into the groin area” towards Cavs star Collin Sexton.
Check out the moment that got the Mavs star tossed below:
Luka was ejected after being assessed a Flagrant 2 foul for an "aggressive strike into the groin area.” pic.twitter.com/jH2eA8P1pK
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Luka Doncic spoke at length about the entire debacle after the game, claiming it wasn’t anything intentional for his part. Here’s what the Mavs All-Star said, via ESPN reporter Tim MacMahon:
“After I saw the video, I knew I hit him, but it wasn’t nothing on purpose,” said Doncic, who had 15 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists before being ejected. “I think that kind of stuff happens a lot in games, but I don’t know. That’s my explanation. It obviously wasn’t on purpose. It was just two guys fighting for a rebound, I guess.”
Dallas was up by double-digits at that point early into the second half. Losing the game would have had huge implications for the Mavs’ playoff positioning, as they try to hold onto the 5-seed and avoid the Los Angeles Clippers, who knocked them out in the first round of the NBA Bubble playoffs last season.
But Luka Doncic’s ejection might have been exactly the spark to light the Mavs’ fire, as they proceeded to outscore the Cavs 30-15 after their star was ejected. Coach Rick Carlisle praised his squad for maintaining their composure while playing without both Doncic and big man Kristaps Porzingis, who’s still sidelined with injury.
“Unfortunate, but it sparked our guys,” said Dallas coach Rick Carlisle, who declined to comment specifically on the play, saying he hadn’t seen a clear replay. “We did a good job finishing the game off.”