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Mavericks iiwas ma-sweep ng Celtics

Mavericks iiwas ma-sweep ng Celtics
Muling aakayin ni Luka Doncic ang Mavs laban sa Celtics sa Game 4 ng NBA Finals.

DALLAS — Bagama’t nahulog sa 0-3 butas sa kanilang best-of-seven championship series ng Boston Celtics ay kumpiyansa pa rin si Mave­ricks’ star Luka Doncic na makakabalik sila sa NBA Finals.

“It’s not over till it’s over. We just got to believe,” ani Doncic matapos ang 99-106 talo ng Dallas sa Boston sa Game Three.

Tumapos ang Slovenian superstar na may 27 points, 6 assists at 6 rebounds ngunit natawagan ng kanyang ikaanim na foul sa huling 4:12 minuto ng fourth period kung saan nakadikit ang Mavericks sa 90-93 matapos kunin ng Celtics ang isang 21-point lead.

Hindi naitago ni Doncic ang kanyang galit at panghihinayang matapos ang laro.

“We could not play physical. I don’t want to say nothing but six fouls in the NBA Finals where I’m basically standing like this,” reklamo ni Doncic sa officiating “Come on, man. Be better than that.”

Tinawagan ng blocking foul si Doncic sa pagsalaksak ni Boston scorer Jaylen Brown.

Inayunan ni Dallas head coach Jason Kidd si Doncic sa kanyang reklamo ngunit pinayuhan ang kanyang superstar guard na maging mautak sa laro.

“Yeah, he’s definitely got a bull’s eye on his chest. He’s got to be able to guard and understand that we’re there to protect him and help him if he does get beat, to play the game where he can rest on offense and let others carry the load,” wika ni Kidd.

Samantala, abot-kamay na ng Celtics ang kanilang NBA record na ika-18 korona.

“So, we have to remain with a sense of urgency. We have to have an understanding of our environment. We have to know that we’re just as vulne­rable as anybody else in this situation, and how we handle that will determine our fate,” sabi ni Boston coach Joe Mazzulla.

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