DALLAS — Luka DoncicThey downplayed the fracas which started with Utah JazzBackup center Hassan WhitesideHe is being called “nothing” and a typical playoff tension. Dallas MavericksThe superstar was grateful for the help of his team.
This happened on Doncic’s attempt to dunk at 5:33 in the Mavs'. 102-77 winMonday's crucial Game 5.
Whiteside watched Doncic fall to the ground. Dallas forwards Dorian Finney-Smith Reggie BullockHe ran to the baseline, confronted the 7-foot-tall, 265-pound center, and exchanged slaps. Referees, coaches, and security personnel from both teams intervened to keep the situation under control.
Doncic said, “They had my back,” and had 33 points. He also had 13 rebounds, five assists, and had five steals in the win. “Both them, any of them, we had one another's back.” That's the essence of great teams. I would be willing to go to war with these guys. This is a very special team.”
Whiteside was called for 2 technical fouls and was ejected. Bullock was also whistled for another technical. Finney Smith was also called for technical.
Finney Smith, the Jazz star in Finney Smith's defense, stated that she “just ran over there and tried my best to protect my teammate.” Donovan MitchellHis struggles were attributed to his (9 points, 4-of-15 shooting and 4 turnovers). It's playoff hockey. It was a difficult foul. We all know that they'll try to hit Luka. They have also been trying to hit [Jalen Brunson], too, lately. “We just have to be safe, defend each other, and win games.”
Doncic, who stated he would be willing to pay the penalties for technical fouls committed by his teammates, said he felt “way worse” in his second match after a strained leg that kept him out of action for 13 days. Doncic was particularly dominant in the final quarter. He scored 19 points to match Jazz's quarter total.
Doncic said that he was “a little janky” in his first game. He had 30 points, 10 boards, and 4 assists during the Mavs' Game 4 loss on the road. “But I felt better today. I felt tired for the first few minutes, but I felt fine afterwards. I think I was tired during the third run, but it was just to get my breath back. The altitude is making it difficult to hydrate.
Dallas has the chance to end the series in Game 6 in Salt Lake City. This would mark the Mavericks' first appearance in the second round since their 2011 championship run. Dallas has won eight out of nine franchise series when it led by a score of 3-2. Last season, however, was against the Boston Red Sox. LA Clippers.
Doncic said, “Just play as we did today.” “I thought our defense was incredible, the energy was high, and we played hard. This is how we have to play and it's how we will win the next game.