Dallas, Texas — Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic will miss the final game of the regular season on Sunday unless the NBA rescinds a technical foul that was called against him in the first quarter of Friday night’s game against the Portland Trail Blazers.
The technical, called by Tony Brothers, was Doncic’s official 16th technical, triggering an automatic one-game suspension.
“I asked him, ‘How is that not a foul?'” Doncic said. “He T’d me up. That’s unfair.”
With Doncic possibly missing Sunday’s game against the San Antonio Spurs, the Mavericks will have to determine their seeding fate without their leader.
The interaction that triggered the technical came when Doncic believed he was fouled and it wasn’t called on a half-court shot at the end of the first quarter. He got up from the floor and pleaded his case to Brothers, despite Dorian Finney-Smith’s attempts at intervention. Brothers quickly called the technical seconds later.
Brothers has a history of getting in the middle of things regarding the Mavericks. In Washington, he ejected Jason Kidd in a loss to the Wizards.
With Doncic out of the picture for the final game of the season, it looks more likely that the fourth seed is where Dallas will reside come Monday morning.
“He’s thrown me out as a player and now he’s thrown me out as a coach,” Kidd said. “I said to him, ‘Whose ball is it?’ And he looked at that personally, unfortunately, and threw me out. It happens.”
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