Bad Mavericks On Monday, the stretch between head coach Jason Kidd and the star guard got worse Luka Doncic Both were fired 116-106 bankruptcy to the Minnesota Timberwolves.

After the match, Kidd was visibly upset but bit his tongue on stage.

“I’m here because I’m supposed to be here,” Kidd told reporters. “I already gave up money, so I don’t want to give up anymore. So there’s no question. We’ll go back and look at the tape and see how we can be better. There were better teams tonight, and we’ll go from there.”

“Thanks for showing up.”

This was the Mavs coach, who was short-handed in his media duties.

The ejections both came with 2:00 left in the third quarter when the Timberwolves led 85-71. Doncic thought he was fouled by a shot and protested that there was no call. All he said was not one, but two quick whistles before Judge Rodney’s death here with Doncic.

With the Mavs trailing by 14 and the star guard missing, Kidd took the opportunity to give the officials an earful. He got his own penalty for two technicals from referee Nick Buckert.

Doncic is certainly no stranger to drawing technical fouls. he was Second in the league with 18 It is the past season Among the league leaders Again in 2022-23. Even Doncic acknowledged That he is It’s very annoying. to the authorities.

Death He’s sent Doncic off before. And he clearly has no patience for his complaints. Doncic, unsurprisingly, disagreed with the death decision. But even he believes he deserves the first whistle.

“I probably deserved one, but definitely not two,” Doncic told reporters. “I understand the first one, I’m not going to lie. But definitely not the second one. I was shocked when I got fired.

“It was confusing. I didn’t even know what was going on. Then I heard I was fired, and I was like, ‘weird.’ So I smiled.”

While it’s a problem, ejections aren’t a major concern for the Mavericks. They entered the season hoping to jump up the Western Conference standings. Monday’s loss was their 10th in 16 games and dropped the Mavericks below .500 at 15-16. That was good for 10th place in the West on Monday.

December 19, 2022;  Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA;  Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (77) reacts after being ejected from Target Center during the third quarter against the Minnesota Timberwolves.  Mandatory Credit: Matt Krohn-USA Today Sports

Luka Doncic was surprised to be out on Monday. (Matt Krohn/Reuters)

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