Friday May 13, 2022

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Chuck Cooperstein @coopmavs
It was not Luka’s best shooting night (He left plenty of pts out there w/11-26 FG & 9-14 FT). But this was the best playoff game of the 21 he’s played in his career. He scored (with much less settling). He rebounded. He assisted. He guarded (4 steals). Can’t ask for more. – 2:59 AM
Callie Caplan @CallieCaplan
Luka Doncic on his response to Game 5 criticism: “I like when people trash talk to me. It gets me going.”
Maybe a heads up for Devin Booker on Sunday.
On what might’ve been the real ‘Luka Special’: Doncic does it all in Mavs’ Game 6 win overs Suns dallasnews.com/sports/maveric…2:23 AM

Chuck Cooperstein @coopmavs
That was a most extraordinary performance. I dare say one if the best defensive games I’ve ever seen the Mavericks play. 16 steals. 4 each from Luka and Ntilikina of the 22 forced TO. PHX season low 86 pts (2nd time w/season low in series, and playoff low 39.7% FG – 1:23 AM

Callie Caplan @CallieCaplan
Reggie Bullock on Luka Doncic vs. Devin Booker and Chris Paul: “I laugh when he gets that. … Not letting people talk junk to our superstar.” – 12:35 AM
Eddie Sefko @ESefko
Luka postgame said that, during the game, Boban Marjanovic told him that he hoped Deandre Ayton’s elbow is OK after it rammed into Luka’s hard head. – 12:34 AM
Callie Caplan @CallieCaplan
Luka Doncic said he didn’t get an good explanation for the foul call when Deandre Ayton elbowed him, but he did hear from Boban on the bench:
“He said ‘I hope Ayton’s elbow is good’ because you have a big head.” – 12:31 AM

Mark Followill @MFollowill
The Mavs who held Phoenix to their previous season low (reg season or playoffs) of 94 in Game 3, hold them to 86 tonight and it’s a blowout Game 6 win to force a game 7. Final Mavs 113 Suns 86. Luka leads the way with 33 pts, 11 rebs, 8 assts, and 4 stls. – 12:12 AM

Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Final: DAL 113, PHX 86
Ayton: 21 Pts, 11 Reb, 10-16 FG
Booker: 19 Pts, 8 Reb, 6-17 FG, 8 TO
Paul: 13 Pts, 4 Ast, 4-7 FG, 5 TO
Doncic: 33-11-8-4, 11-26 FG
DAL: 16-39 3P; PHX: 6-18 3P – 12:08 AM
Dwain Price @DwainPrice
It’s a final: #Mavs 113, Suns 86. Luka had 33-11-8 and 4 steals, Reggie had 19-7, Jalen scored 18 pts, Spencer scored 15 pts and was 5-of-7 on 3s. The best-of-seven series is tied at 3-3. Game 7 is Sunday in Phoenix. – 12:08 AM

Chris Palmer @ChrisPalmerNBA
I know it’s a regular season award. But if the Mavs toss the Suns from the playoffs. Monty Williams should hand Jason Kidd the Coach of the Year trophy. He might take Luka and a bunch of 2nd rounders to the playoffs. One of the best coaching performances in years. – 11:56 PM

Tim MacMahon @espn_macmahon
Luka Doncic took the ball from Chris Paul on one end and then backed him down for a bucket on the other. Get ready for Game 7. – 11:56 PM

Mike Prada @MikePradaNBA
Maxi Kleber and Reggie Bullock have been unreal on both ends. The former’s screening and cutting is how Luka gets all these driving lanes against a team who knows exactly what’s coming. The latter’s ball pressure is how the Suns are playing so “out of character” – 11:52 PM

Mark Followill @MFollowill
Mavs outscore Phoenix 34-27 in 3rd despite Finney-Smith at 7:33, Luka at 4:01, and Kleber at 2:35 picking up 4th fouls. Mavs up 94-72 after 3. – 11:40 PM

Callie Caplan @CallieCaplan
Mavs went plus-3 in 4 mins without Luka Doncic to close Q3 and extended their lead to 94-72 entering the fourth.
Idk what I expected from this game, but it wasn’t this. – 11:36 PM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Monty Williams waiting to be told results of review on Ayton dunk.
Luka Doncic with four fouls.
Deandre Ayton hit with tech for taunting after dunk.
Then Chris Paul and Williams talk.
#Suns down 17 late in 3rd. #Mavs #NBAPlayoffs2022 pic.twitter.com/bx24VPuqEA11:31 PM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Suns down 17 with the Mavs in foul trouble and Luka Doncic, Maxi Kleber and Dorian Finney-Smith sitting. Gotta close the quarter strong to have any sort of prayer here – 11:30 PM

Callie Caplan @CallieCaplan
So it’s a defensive foul on Luka Doncic and a technical foul on Deandre Ayton but they’re reviewing it for a flagrant because. how does that make sense? – 11:25 PM
Eddie Sefko @ESefko
Wow. In MMA, that’s a great move. But in the NBA, especially when it happens to your superstar, it’s a truly unfortunate moment. Seemed totally inadvertent. But still. Ayton’s left elbow clocked Doncic pretty good. – 11:24 PM

Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Deandre Ayton dunks over Luka Doncic and stares him down, but he caught him in the face with an elbow. Got hit with a tech and the officials will review it. Call on the floor was a defensive foul on Doncic, but I don’t think that will stand – 11:23 PM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Four fouls on Crowder trying to guard Luka full court.
Stays in.
Luka gets by him to the rim for the two-handed dunk.
Timeout #Suns. Down 77-57 with 5:10 left in 3rd. – 11:18 PM
Tim MacMahon @espn_macmahon
I believe Luka Doncic’s left leg feels OK, based on his two dunks in the last few minutes. He made sure to let the Suns’ bench hear about the last one. – 11:17 PM

Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Jae Crowder picks up his 4th foul with 5:18 to go in the 3rd quarter. Luka Doncic dunk puts the Mavs back up 20. No way around it, Suns are getting punked tonight – 11:17 PM

Eddie Sefko @ESefko
At one point early in this game, Luka was 2-of-5 from the free-throw line. He’s hit six in a row since. – 11:03 PM
Callie Caplan @CallieCaplan
Friendly fire between Luka Doncic and Dwight Powell, who were both slow to get up from a collision.
Looked like Luka was rolling out his right ankle as “Booker sucks” chants started. – 11:02 PM
Eddie Sefko @ESefko
Luka went down pretty hard there and it bears watching how he moves for the next few minutes. Mavericks’ lead up to 64-48. – 11:02 PM
Peter Vecsey @PeterVecsey1
espn studio stiffs failing to see why Paul & Booker have 13 points (how many turnovers?) between them!! Defense of Bullick & Finney-Smith allows Luka to pay strict attention to scoring and passing… – 10:58 PM
Mark Followill @MFollowill
Was 41-39 Mavs with 6:27 left in 2Q, and then went on a 19-6 run to close the half. Bullock had 8 in that run and Luka with 7. Mavs up 60-45 at half. Unfortunately, Finney-Smith did pick up his 3rd foul with 1.6 left in the half. – 10:54 PM

Eddie Sefko @ESefko
Mavs have opened up at the end of the first half. They lead 60-45 at the break. Luka with 18 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals. – 10:44 PM

Michael Dugat @mdug
Like that Luka made up for the lazy three with good hustle and play immediately after on defense – 10:32 PM
Callie Caplan @CallieCaplan
Not sure when Luka Doncic rolled his eyes harder today — this morning when asked about Devin Booker’s “Luka Special” jab or after missing 3 of his first 6 FTs. – 10:30 PM
Eddie Sefko @ESefko
Luka is 3-of-6 from FT line. Mavericks are up 42-39. Hope giving away these free points doesn’t come back to bite them. – 10:29 PM

Tim MacMahon @espn_macmahon
Luka Doncic, who appeared to be dealing with some type of quad issue, just walked to the locker room with Mavs athletic trainer Dionne Calhoun. If it were a serious concern, director of player health and performance Casey Smith probably would have joined Doncic. – 10:15 PM

Brad Townsend @townbrad
Doncic has a game-high 11 points, but he’s fighting his shot a bit. Two-of-four on free-throws and 1-of-4 on 3-pointers. – 10:13 PM

Eddie Sefko @ESefko
Spencer Dinwiddie joins the party with a 3-pointer late in the first quarter, after which the Mavericks lead 28-25. Luka with 11 points. – 10:12 PM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Biyombo jump hook over Luka.
Two dribble, turn, shot.
Sometimes, it really is that simple as he kept his hand in the air while running back down the court. #Suns down one. – 10:08 PM

Eddie Sefko @ESefko
Mavericks down 12-11 early as both teams have dodged any early thrusts by the other side. Luka 1-of-5 so far, 0-of-2 from 3-range. He’s now 5-of-27 over the last four games and five minutes from distance. – 9:56 PM
Michael Dugat @mdug
Not a great start from Luka, missed a couple he normally makes and the settled for a couple … but score is still close and he could go off starting with the next attempt. – 9:55 PM

Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Luka Doncic is 1-for-5 to start. Missed an open 3 and a couple shots in the paint. Not the best coverage of 3-point shooters so far from the Suns’ perspective, but Dallas is 1-for-5 from deep – 9:53 PM

Callie Caplan @CallieCaplan
Luka after shootaround: “It’s actually funny because I think they’re letting me go to the stepback, so it feels easy. Normally when I do the stepback, it’s hard. I put more, like, effort in, so I got to go back to that…I’ve got to get down with my legs.”
Luka stepbacking now: pic.twitter.com/aBm3DMRuSV8:45 PM

Callie Caplan @CallieCaplan
In a series full with tension vs. the Suns, who’s the Mavs’ best trash talker?
Luka Doncic’s take: “Me? No. . . Theo, probably. It’s not Boban, for sure. Maybe it’s Boban, but just against me.” – 12:47 PM
Tim MacMahon @espn_macmahon
Luka Doncic talked about the “butterflies in the stomach” before a potential elimination game. “I like that feeling,” he said. He has averaged 42 points, 8 rebounds and 12.5 assists in two elimination games, but Mavs lost both to Clippers. – 12:46 PM
Callie Caplan @CallieCaplan
Luka Doncic on Mavs’ film session after Game 5 blowout: “You have to watch when you do good stuff — and when you do bad stuff. I think the bad stuff is even more important. We watched mostly the bad part because it was mostly bad parts. … In the playoffs it’s how you respond.” – 12:37 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Luka Doncic on following:
Devin Booker’s “Luka Special” line: “Don’t really care.”
Finishing 5th in MVP voting: “I want to win a championship.”
His “everybody acts tough when they up” after Game 5: “When you’re up, everybody is trying to talk.” #Mavs #Suns #NBAPlayoffs2022 pic.twitter.com/FQ9p37nbeO12:30 PM

Brad Townsend @townbrad
Doncic says “I like the feeling, the butterflies you get,” before big games, including potential elimination games. – 11:58 AM

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