Dallas Mavericks: Kristaps Porzingis Ejected in Round 1 Loss

Dallas Mavericks forward Kristaps Porzingis got ejected in the third quarter when Dallas had a 71-66 lead with 9:10 remaining in the period. Because of his ejection, the Mavericks lost the game 118-110. A lot of people were complaining and there was an outcry when the Dallas forward was tossed.

That was his second technical foul of the game. LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers and former Dallas Mavericks legend Dirk Nowitzki thought it was bogus, but Porzingis admitted it was his own fault about getting ejected.

Colin Cowherd of FS1 agreed with Kristaps Porzingis’s reasoning about last night’s loss. Dallas is a very young team and they were not very good in close games this season. One day, the dynamic duo of Porzingis and Luka Doncic will win them a championship, but it won’t be this season though.

What Stands Out?

The Doncic-Porzingis duo is the heartbeat of this basketball team. This entire Dallas squad is still learning how to win games consistently.

Porzingis only scored 14 points in this game for the Dallas Mavericks. He shot 33 percent from the field. Kristaps Porzingis also grabbed six rebounds, recorded one assist, and blocked one shot.

As for Luka Doncic, he scored 42 points. Doncic shot 61.9 percent from the field. He also grabbed seven rebounds, recorded nine assists, and recorded three steals. The only negative for Luka in this contest was that he posted 11 turnovers, but this duo was solid in their respective NBA playoff debuts.

He was able to get some of his teammates involved as well. That is what he does best. Doncic and Porzingis also the pick-and-roll effectively on this team though.

Additional Thoughts

As for the Los Angeles Clippers, Kawhi Leonard scored 29 points. He shot 52.4 percent from the field. Leonard also grabbed 12 rebounds, recorded six assists, and recorded three steals.

Paul George also scored 27 points. He shot 45.5 percent from the field. George also grabbed two rebounds, recorded three assists, and recorded two steals.

This could have been the worst possible draw for the Dallas Mavericks in the first round because the Los Angeles Clippers beat them all three times in the regular season though.

Rick Carlisle does have an NBA Championship back as the head coach of this same basketball in the 2010-2011 season when the Dallas Mavericks defeated the Miami Heat in six games though.

Whatever happens in this series, the future looks bright with Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis at the helm though. This team is going to have to find a third star or a third player that contributes to this team night in and night out though.

If Porzingis stayed in Monday night’s game, it would have given the Dallas Mavericks and Doncic a better chance to win though.

It may not have mattered though because the Los Angeles Clippers were going to clamp down late in the game with Doc Rivers coaching them though.

What did you think of Kristaps Porzingis getting ejected in the third quarter for the Dallas Mavericks? Leave a comment below.

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