Mavericks star Luka Doncic in danger of missing out on playoffs despite being one of the highest scorers

Luka Doncic is one of the NBA's most intriguing young players right now.

Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving in action. (Image credits: twitter/MavsPR)
By Haryash | Mar 30, 2023 | 3 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

Luka Doncic is one of the NBA’s most intriguing young players right now. The Dallas Mavericks have qualified for the playoffs each of the last two seasons as a result of the Slovenian sensation’s contributions, who has established himself as a prolific scorer since entering the league. The Mavericks’ chances of making the playoffs, however, are in jeopardy because of their terrible NBA record in 2021–2022. Doncic may end up among the NBA players with the highest scoring totals who missed the playoffs if they don’t advance very far.

Doncic’s average of 28.5 points per game was the fourth-best in the league. He is one of the league’s most adaptable players, scoring 8 points, pulling down 4 rebounds, adding 8 assists, and doing all of that every game. Because Doncic has so many different ways to score, he has amassed an impressive number of points. Amazingly, he can get to the rim and still make shots while being touched. He excels at making three-point shots.

Despite Doncic’s excellent shooting, the Mavericks have had a difficult season and are currently in last place. If they continue to lose, Doncic’s name might be added to the list of top scorers who have missed the playoffs. They might not survive if that occurs. On this list, Kobe Bryant, Dominique Wilkins, and Allen Iverson are the three NBA players with the most widespread recognition.

Of course, missing the playoffs would have no impact on Doncic’s talent or potential. He is one of the league’s top players despite being only 22 years old. Doncic possesses other abilities in addition to his shooting prowess. He has exceptional playmaking and rebounding skills. If he continues to improve, he may rank among the all-time greatest NBA players.

It’s amazing how often Doncic scores. The only player in the league to have at least 40 points nine times this season is him. He frequently posts triple-doubles and has also scored 30 points or more on occasion. This season, Doncic has been the Mavericks’ offensive focal point, and his scoring has been essential to their success.

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Luka Doncic is one of the biggest stars in the league right now [Image Credits - Yahoo]
Luka Doncic is one of the biggest stars in the league right now [Image Credits – Yahoo]

Luka Doncic of the Mavericks will be suspended for one game.

Dallas Mavericks player Doncic will sit out one game after receiving his 16th technical foul of the season during Sunday’s (26th March) loss to the Charlotte Hornets. Doncic played admirably; in 40 minutes, he finished with 40 points, 12 rebounds, 8 assists, 2 steals, and 2 blocks. Contrarily, the Mavericks lost their second game in a row and are now vying for a spot in the Western Conference Play-In Tournament.

Due to his 16th technical foul, which results in an automatic one-game suspension unless the NBA changes its mind, which is unlikely, Doncic will miss Monday’s game against the Indiana Pacers. The suspension has seriously impeded the Mavericks’ efforts to make the playoffs. Doncic will be able to play in three games the following week though. The first game will be on Wednesday against the Philadelphia 76ers, and the other two will be on Saturday and Sunday against the Miami Heat and Atlanta Hawks back-to-back.

Doncic has played a significant role for the Mavericks this season, averaging 28 points, 8 rebounds, and 8 assists per game. Because he has been the motivation behind the effort, the team’s hopes for a playoff spot are in jeopardy. The Mavericks currently hold the ninth spot in the Western Conference with a 39-37 record, one game behind the Memphis Grizzlies.

Doncic’s technical fouls have been an ongoing issue this season; the 22-year-old has racked up multiple technical fouls in a number of games. The team’s chances of winning important games have been hurt by the technical fouls, despite his competitive spirit and enthusiasm for the game being admirable.

Luka Doncic’s one-game suspension has also seriously hurt the Dallas Mavericks’ chances of making the playoffs. The suspension that followed Doncic’s outstanding performance on Sunday was overshadowed by his 16th technical foul of the year. The Mavericks will need to find a way to win without their star player if they want to guarantee themselves a spot in the Western Conference Play-In Tournament.

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