Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic was ejected from Sunday’s game against the Cleveland Cavaliers when he took a swipe at Collin Sexton’s groin area.
Referees tossed Luka Doncic for a flagrant found on Sunday night when it looked like the Dallas Mavericks guard took a swing at an opponent’s groin.
The incident happened early in the third quarter between Dallas and the Cleveland Cavaliers. Doncic was covering Collin Sexton under the basket when the Cavs guard gave him a shove. In response, Doncic swung his arm backward and below the belt.
You can judge for yourself if it was worthy of an ejection. Here’s a look:
The officials determined on replay that Doncic made “an aggressive strike to the groin area” and assessed him a Flagrant 2.
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Doncic couldn’t believe the ejection, but he didn’t exactly do a good job of hiding the strike. He looked back right at Sexton after he did it. It’s certainly not the most egregious foul someone has been ejected for this season. It was just too obvious.
Since it was a flagrant and not a technical, Doncic didn’t trigger an automatic suspension by reaching the limit of 16. He’s still one away.
Sexton’s free throws cut the Maverick’s lead to nine points. However, it didn’t spark the Cavs. It did the opposite, as Dallas pulled away without their star. By the fourth quarter, the Mavs led by 26 points.
Doncic left the game with 15 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 steals. The Mavericks relied on Tim Hardaway Jr. and Josh Richardson to put the game away.
Dallas has already clinched its place in the playoffs but will want to make it through the final four games of the regular season without Doncic picking up another technical. He picked up his 15th on May 2 during a loss to the Kings. That also resulted in another ejection.