Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic and the Slovenian National Team are eliminated from the FIBA Euro Basket tournament after losing to Poland 90-87.
Doncic scored 14 points, 11 rebounds, 7 assists and 6 turnovers. From a scoring perspective, it was a disappointing night as Doncic was averaging 26 points a game on 50% shooting from the field. Doncic also fouled out after picking up his fifth foul.
The 23-year-old Slovenian was more than displeased with his performance, as Doncic did not speak to the media immediately after the game but was available for the post-game press conference.
“Today I played terrible. I let my team down and I let my country down and then to me and I have to look back at this game and be better.” Doncic said after the game according to ESPN.
Maverick’s fans still have some injury concern with Doncic, as the Slovenian said he was feeling some discomfort in his back.
“Probably not 100%, I received an injection in the third quarter, and I’ve been dealing with a lot in this EURO Basket.” Doncic said.
The Mavericks begin pre-season on October 5th against the Oklahoma City Thunder followed by games against the Magic two days later and the Jazz a week later to close out the preseason on October 14th.
Doncic will have 34 days to rest until the Mavericks play the Phoenix Suns on October 19th in a rematch of the Western Conference Semi-finals.
The Slovenian will most likely not
play any of the pre-season games as he is now not only dealing with a back injury but also was seen with an ice-wrap around his ankle on September 12th and sat out that practice.
“I will always represent my country so when I can and when I am healthy, I will always play for Slovenia.” Doncic said according to Ballin Europe.com.
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