NBA: Dallas Mavericks at Minnesota Timberwolves

of Dallas Mavericks They’ve had the most frustrating season of any team in the Western Conference this season, and things went from bad to worse with Monday’s loss. Minnesota Timberwolves. That loss, the 16th of the season, dropped the Mavericks below .500, but it wasn’t the only loss that worried Dallas fans. It was the way he came.

With the Mavericks rolling in the third quarter, Luka Doncic tried to draw a foul by connecting with guard Jaden McDaniel before shooting. He didn’t get the whistle. When Doncic complained, he was quickly issued two technical fouls and ejected. Coach Jason Kidd came to the defense and he too was fired.

Doncic has been frustrated by officials all season, but the numbers suggest he’s getting more calls. He averaged a team-high 10.3 free throw attempts per game this season. Sure, he has a career-high 38 percent usage rate, but once adjusted, his 45.3 percent free throw rate is also a career-best. By that measure, Doncic is getting more calls than ever.

He needs to, because the team Dallas puts around him is otherwise incapable of creating offense. The absence of Jaylen Brunson, who is thriving in New York, has put a huge burden on Doncic’s shoulders. Doncic is feeling that burden, and on Monday he let his frustration get the better of him. Now that the Mavericks are tied for 10th in the West, it’s hard to blame him.

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