Luka Doncic Calls Out Officiating After Fouling Out In Game 3 of NBA Finals
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by Austin Veazey
3d ago
The Dallas Mavericks lost 106-99 in Game 3 of the NBA Finals Wednesday night, not being able to complete what would have been an incredible 21-point comeback. The chance for that essentially ended when superstar Luka Doncic fouled out on a questionable block/charge call. He should've never put himself in that situation knowing he has five fouls, but that didn't stop him from trying to make the play. After the foul was called, Doncic immediately flashed the money sign to the officials, insinuating the game was rigged in the Celtics' favor, then went on a postgame rant in the press conference ..read more
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Dallas Mavericks Fanbase Reacts to Game 3 NBA Finals Loss to Boston Celtics
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by Kade Kimble
3d ago
The Dallas Mavericks suffered a 106-99 Game 3 loss in the NBA Finals at the hands of the Boston Celtics. Barring the Mavericks making history, the series is as good as a wrap. The Celtics championship t-shirts are already being printed, and the banner is likely in the process of being made. For the Mavericks, their first home game was a bit of a wasted opportunity. Dallas made it interesting down the stretch, but they weren't able to overcome Luka Doncic fouling out. They did, however, erase a 20-plus point deficit to make it a tight contest in the first place. It was a good run for the Maveri ..read more
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Luka Doncic Fouls Out as Mavericks Drop Game 3 Against Celtics, Face 3-0 Series Hole in NBA Finals
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by Grant Afseth
3d ago
DALLAS — The Dallas Mavericks now face a commanding 3-0 series deficit after losing to the Boston Celtics 106-99 despite leading by as many as 13 points in the first half. After nearly rallying back from a 21-point fourth-quarter deficit of their own to trail by three points late, Luka Doncic fouled out, and the Mavs could not complete the comeback. With Kristaps Porzingis ruled out for Game 3 due to a left posterior tibialis dislocation, the Celtics continued to start Al Horford. Still, they had to rely on him more and turn to Xavier Tillman in the second unit. None of that mattered in the en ..read more
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Dallas Mavericks Rookie Made NBA Finals History in Game 3 Against Boston Celtics
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by Austin Veazey
3d ago
Wednesday night's Game 3 to the Boston Celtics was disheartening in many ways. One of the few positives was the performance of rookie Dereck Lively II who gave the Mavs energy and hustle when they needed it. In Game 3, he also set an NBA record. With his 11 points and 13 rebounds, Lively became the youngest player to have 10 rebounds in a Finals game, at 20 years and 122 days old, per StatMuse. Boston's absence of Kristaps Porzingis allowed the young man out of Duke to have a stellar game on the interior. Dereck Lively tonight: 11 PTS 13 REB 3 STL 5-6 FG The youngest player in NBA history wi ..read more
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Celtics Face 'Real Doubt' Kristaps Porzingis Returns Against Mavericks During NBA Finals
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by Grant Afseth
4d ago
DALLAS — The Boston Celtics will play Game 3 of the NBA Finals against the Dallas Mavericks without Kristaps Porzingis in the lineup. He was ruled out due to a left posterior tibialis dislocation before tipoff after being considered questionable. According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, there is "real doubt" that Porzingis will be able to return during the series, as reported on the network's live coverage of Game 3. Before Tuesday's practice, Porzingis said he'd do everything he could to play and is optimistic that he'd be able to do so. "I'm optimistic, and as I said, I will do everything I c ..read more
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Celtics' Kristaps Porzingis Ruled Out for Game 3 of NBA Finals Against Mavericks
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by Grant Afseth
4d ago
DALLAS — A significant storyline emerged on Tuesday regarding Kristaps Porzingis's injury status as the Boston Celtics enter Game 3 of the NBA Finals with a 2-0 series lead over the Dallas Mavericks. A left posterior tibialis dislocation was discovered for the Latvian star. On Tuesday evening, the Celtics listed Porzingis as questionable to play due to this injury. With head coach Joe Mazzulla describing it as a "serious injury," natural questions were raised regarding Porzingis' potential status for Game 3. He was later ruled out before tipoff. Porzingis posed a significant problem for the Ma ..read more
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5 Best Prop Bets For Dallas Mavericks vs. Boston Celtics NBA Finals Game 3
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by Kade Kimble
4d ago
The Mavericks are back in Dallas and it couldn't come at a better time. In Game 3 of the NBA Finals, the Mavericks are down 2-0 to the Boston Celtics and are looking to bounce back on the offensive side of the basketball. Luka Doncic has had virtually no help on that end of the floor. On their home floor for the first time, can the Mavericks secure their first victory in these NBA Finals? READ MORE: Mavericks' Jason Kidd Clarifies 'Mental Warfare' Comments About Celtics' Tatum, Brown *All odds provided by DraftKings Sportsbook Luka Doncic OVER 32.5 points (-115) If it's not obvious, this is go ..read more
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Mavericks' Jason Kidd Clarifies 'Mental Warfare' Comments About Celtics' Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown
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by Austin Veazey
4d ago
Before Game 2, Jason Kidd seemed to ruffle some feathers by saying Jaylen Brown is the best player on the Boston Celtics. Some saw it as him trying to play mind games with the Celtics and force Jayson Tatum to take more shots out of the flow of the offense. Kidd wanted to clarify those comments slightly. "[Jayson Tatum]'s one of the best players in the world," Kidd said to the media on Tuesday, "so you're trying to just make it tough. And that's all you can do, is hopefully guard the first move, guard the second move, guard the third move, and contest. And guys are doing that at a high rate, a ..read more
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Luka Doncic's Mavericks Confident Shooting Will Improve as NBA Finals Shift to Dallas
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by Grant Afseth
4d ago
DALLAS — Against a tough defense like the Boston Celtics backed up by a high-volume perimeter shooting offense, managing to produce on 3-point attempts is vital. Outside of Luka Doncic, the Dallas Mavericks have been unable to get the job done. With an output of 100.0 points per 100 possessions, the Mavs' overall offensive results aren't cutting it. In the series, Doncic has shot 8 of 21 (38.1%) from 3-point range, while his teammates shot 5 of 32 (15.6%), including Irving, who missed his eight attempts. Doncic emphasized the importance of trusting that these shots will fall, considering ..read more
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Mavericks' Kyrie Irving Has To Play Better, He Told His 'Hermano' Luka Doncic
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by Austin Veazey
4d ago
Kyrie Irving has struggled to score in the first two games of the NBA Finals, averaging just 14 PPG while shooting 35% from the field. It's a far cry from the 27 PPG he averaged in the Western Conference Finals. Because of his lack of scoring, the Mavericks find themselves down 2-0 and he's taking the blame for it. At least, that's what he told Luka Doncic Irving sat down with the media Tuesday afternoon and was asked about his talks with Doncic heading into Wednesday night's Game 3. "It started with me," Irving said, "just telling my 'hermano' I gotta play better for him, alongside him, in or ..read more
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