Mavs' Luka Doncic Has 16th Technical Foul Rescinded, Clear to Play vs. Spurs

Erin WalshApril 9, 2022

Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic handles the ball during an NBA basketball game against the Portland Trail Blazers, Friday, April 8, 2022, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez

Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic had his 16th technical foul of the season rescinded by the NBA on Saturday, making him eligible to play in the team's regular-season finale against the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday, according to NBA insider Marc Stein

Doncic received his 16th technical foul of the year between the first and second quarters of Friday's 128-78 win over the Portland Trail Blazers. The 23-year-old felt he was undercut on a buzzer-beating shot and got into it with the officials.

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Doncic asked the officials: "How is that not a foul? How is that not a foul?" He then received the technical foul. 

According to Callie Caplan of the Dallas Morning News, the Mavericks appealed the technical foul and Doncic said after Friday's game that it should "100 percent" be rescinded. 

Last season, Doncic acknowledged that he complained to the officials too much and needed to "work on it and be way better than this," but it's become quite clear that he didn't do much to prevent himself from getting the calls this season.   

Losing Doncic for the regular-season finale would have been a tough for the Mavericks, who are hoping to move into third place in the Western Conference. The Golden State Warriors own a half game lead over Dallas for third place. 

Doncic has been Dallas' most important player since being drafted third overall in 2018. This season, he's averaging 28.5 points, 9.1 rebounds and 8.7 assists while shooting 45.7 percent from the floor and 35.3 percent from deep.

Entering the postseason, Doncic will need to control himself and avoid getting into arguments with the officials. Luckily for him, technical fouls reset in the postseason and he'll need to rack up seven techs to receive a one-game suspension in the playoffs.