Luka Dončić's Referee Rumble: Mavs' Plea to End Complaints Sparks NBA Buzz

The Dallas Mavericks want Luka Dončić to quit whining about calls that do not go his way.

ESPN's Brian Windhorst said on SportsCenter with Scott Van Pelt that Mavericks coaches had urged Dončić to refrain from criticizing referees during games (starts at 1:12 mark).

Dončić left Game 3 against the Boston Celtics as he fouled out at 4:12 in the fourth quarter. Blocking Jaylen Brown from driving to the hoop earned him a foul.

The fourth foul for Dončić came in the fourth quarter alone. It occurred during a 22-2 run by the Mavs that cut the deficit to one point with 3:37 remaining.

Dončić attributed his foul on referees preventing rough play during the game.

Dončić said, "We could not play physical," after the game. "I would not say nothing. I am like this after six fouls in the NBA Finals. Come on, guy. Better yet."

Dončić is known for his tendency to get into conflict with court authorities. Because of his effect on the Mavericks' NBA Finals hopes, his activities are under scrutiny.

Once Dončić fouled out, the Mavs scored nine points on 3-of-8 shooting for the remainder of the game. After 38 minutes, he had 27 points, 11-of-27 shooting, six rebounds, and six assists.

Dallas trails 3-0 heading into Friday's Game 4. Teams who lose the opening three games of a best-of-seven series are 0-156 in NBA history. Only four teams forced Game 7s.


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