Luka Doncic Faces Suspension After Picking Up 16th Technical Foul in Mavericks’ Loss to Hornets

Luka Doncic Faces Suspension After Picking Up 16th Technical Foul in Mavericks’ Loss to Hornets

Joel Reyes
  • Dallas’ losing skid continued on Sunday in the game against the Charlotte Hornets
  • Luka Doncic picked up his 16th technical foul in the defeat after arguing a non-call
  • He will be missing from Monday’s game against Indiana if the call is not rescinded

Things are going from bad to worse for the Dallas Mavericks.

They lost for the fourth straight time on Sunday, suffering a gut-wrenching 110-104 defeat at the hands of the Charlotte Hornets.

The Mavs are one game behind the Oklahoma City Thunder for 10th place in the Western Conference standings.

Luka Doncic, Kyrie Irving, Dallas Mavericks, Charlotte Hornets, Gordon Hayward, Michael Jordan, NBA, Mark Cuban, Indiana Pacers
Luka Doncic of the Dallas Mavericks looks on during the game against the Charlotte Hornets on March 26, 2023. Image: Brock Williams-Smith.
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It won’t get any easier for Dallas in their next game against the Indiana Pacers as they could be without their star player, Luka Doncic.

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Doncic out vs the Pacers?

The All-Star picked up his 16th technical foul during the third quarter of their game against the Hornets, per Sports Illustrated.

Unless that call is rescinded upon review, the Slovenian will be suspended for Monday’s game.

He was issued the technical four after saying something to the referee following a missed shot attempt. Doncic appeared to argue for a foul call that he did not get.

What happened to the Mavs?

Doncic’s possible suspension comes at a critical time for the Mavs, who have seven games left to salvage their once-promising season. They have lost 13 of their last 18 games, leaving them outside the playoff and play-in pictures.

The Kyrie Irving experiment has yet to work for Dallas, with the Mavs going 7-13 since they acquired the All-Star point guard in a trade. He scored just 18 points in the loss to the Hornets.

Doncic was the lone bright spot for the Mavs in the game against Charlotte. He nearly had a triple-double, recording 40 points, 12 rebounds, and eight assists.

Mavs' remaining schedule

Much was expected from the Mavericks, who have made the playoffs in the past three years, including a stint in the Western Conference finals last season.

They have four games remaining in their road trip, with Dallas facing Indiana, Philadelphia, Miami, and Atlanta. The Mavericks close the regular season with a three-game homestand, with Dallas hosting Sacramento, Chicago, and San Antonio.

Irving’s 50-point games

Sports Brief recently reported on the highest-scoring games of Kyrie Irving.

He made a career-high 60 points in Brooklyn's’ 150-108 win over Orlando.

Irving has scored at least 50 points six times in his playing career.