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“I deserved the first one, I won’t lie”

“I deserved the first one, I won’t lie”

A bad one Mavericks The stretch got worse Monday when head coach Jason Kidd and star point guard Luka Doncic both were expelled a 116-106 loss to the The Minnesota Timberwolves.

After the game, Kidd was clearly irritated, but bit his tongue at the podium.

“I’m here because I have to be here,” Kidd told reporters. “I already gave up the money, so I don’t want to give up any more. So no questions. We’ll go back and look at the tape and see how we can improve. They were the better team tonight, and we’ll go from there.

“Thanks for introducing yourself.”

That was it for the Mavs coach, who fulfilled his media obligations in the briefest of ways.

The ejections came with 2:00 left in the third quarter and the Timberwolves leading 85-71. Doncic protested the no-call when he thought he was fouled on a shot. What he said prompted not one, but two quick whistles from referee Rodney Mott, who has been here before with Doncic.

With the Mavs trailing by 14 and their star point guard gone, Jason Kidd took the opportunity to give the officials an earful. He earned his own ejection with two technicals from referee Nick Buchert

Doncic, of course, is no stranger to drawing technical fouls. He was second in the league with 18 last season and it is among the league leaders again in 2022-23. Even Doncic has acknowledged that he complains too much to officials

Motto he has sent off Doncic before and it is clear that he has no patience for their complaints. Doncic, unsurprisingly, disagreed with Mott’s decision. But even he thinks he deserved the first whistle.

“I probably deserved one, but definitely not two,” Doncic told reporters. “I deserved the first one, I’m not going to lie. But I certainly didn’t deserve the second one. I was really shocked when I got sent off.

“It was confusing. I don’t even know what was going on. Then I heard they kicked me out, I said ‘that was a surprise’. So I just smiled.”

While it’s an issue, ejections aren’t the Mavericks’ main concern right now. They entered the season hoping to make a jump in 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.

Luka Doncic was shocked by his ejection on Monday. (Matt Krohn/Reuters)





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