DALLAS – Mavericks superstar Luka Doncic is a technically ill-shy this season to hit the limit for an automatic suspension of a game following his draft from Dallas’ 111-99 defeat to the Sacramento Kings on Sunday.
Doncic received his 14th technical foul of the season in the second quarter and his 15th with 31 seconds left.
“I’m not getting another one,” Doncic said. “Do not worry.”
Doncic, who had 30 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 6 turnovers in the loss, said he believed the NBA should eliminate both of the technical errors that were called against him on Sunday. The league office lifted a technical violation against Doncic for shouting “And-1
“It’s something we’d brought to his attention,” Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said of Doncic, who is approaching an automatic suspension.
Carlisle was also pushed out of the game. He received two technical errors, which were called within moments after Doncics.
“Look, I’m a bad example tonight of getting two myself,” Carlisle said. “It’s up to me. I also apologized to the team after the match for that. It’s not the right example.
“I have four technical details this year; they all come from the same guy [referee CJ Washington]. I’m not quite sure what that says, but there’s a saying: ‘Reasonable men have the right to disagree.’ I stick to it. “
Doncic’s first technical foul on Sunday was called after he disagreed with an offensive crew chief, Rodney Mott, against him with 10:23 left in the second quarter.
“The first technical violation was called after a properly offensive violation, and in transition he runs past me and he shouts, ‘Hell no!’ while shaking his fists, “Mott told a pool reporter.” Which is a disrespectful response to a judge. It’s unsportsmanlike. “
Doncic acknowledged that was what he was saying to Mott. “He told me I can not tell him, ‘Hell no,'” Doncic said. “Maybe I can tell it to others, but to him, no. That’s why I got a technology.”
Doncic’s second draft came in a timeout with 31.8 seconds left, after Kings guard Delon Wright’s layup stretched Sacramento’s lead to 13 points. Doncic threw the ball towards the opposite basket, which is a violation of the rules, although players often take an extra shot after the whistle without incident.
“If you get a technology for it, it’s …” Doncic said, pausing and shaking his head. “I do not know.”
Mott, who also called the technical violation, said Doncic threw the ball “because of frustrations at a call” and “in an obvious way.” Mott said a delay in the game warning would not have been appropriate because Doncic committed an unsportsmanlike act.
“We had a timeout and he takes the ball and he does not throw it to the nearest official, he throws the ball the length of the court, making it an unsportsmanlike act,” Mott said. “The rule clearly says that you must hand over the ball to the nearest official.”
Carlisle was called to his second technical second earlier to address an official “in a disrespectful manner using vulgarity,” Mott said.
Carlisle said he was sorry that judges ignored what he considered “clearly a journey” by Wright. “There was no call,” Carlisle said. “That kind of was the last straw for me, but we have to move on.”