Luka Doncic Calls Out Referees After Mavericks' Loss to Pacers

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistMarch 9, 2020

DALLAS, TEXAS - MARCH 06:  Luka Doncic #77 of the Dallas Mavericks reacts during play against the Memphis Grizzlies in the second half at American Airlines Center on March 06, 2020 in Dallas, Texas.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Two days after Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban received a $500,000 fine for criticizing NBA officiating, Mavs star Luka Doncic aired his grievances about the referees in Sunday's 112-109 loss to the Indiana Pacers.

"They hit me in the face and that should be a foul," Doncic said after the game, per ESPN's Tim MacMahon. "They should look at it. I think the rule is when you get hit in the face, they've got to look if it's flagrant or no, right? Like I said, it was hit in the face three times. Two of them was not a foul."

Doncic was upset the officiating crew didn't review a foul by Edmond Sumner in the second quarter. Sumner inadvertently kneed the All-Star guard in the face after biting on a pump fake. He was assessed a personal foul but avoided a flagrant.

Doncic said he underwent an X-ray on his jaw at halftime, which came back negative.

In the final seconds, the 21-year-old vented his frustration after he thought the officials missed a foul on Victor Oladipo.

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Luka Doncic is furious about not getting some respect after getting hit in the mouth "three times" he said. With 13.7 seconds left, Victor Oladipo hits two free throws and Pacers are up 112-109.

The Pacers appeared to take an aggressive approach toward defending Doncic. T.J. Warren picked up three fouls in 12 seconds while guarding him in the fourth quarter.

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TJ Warren fouled out after picking up three fouls in one possession guarding Luka. https://t.co/HYR7LSbKM1

Doncic still had a game-high 36 points and connected on six of his 10 free throws.

Players generally can expect a fine when they speak out against the referees following a game. However, Portland Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard avoided a fine when he said the referees "cost us a f--king game" in connection to a missed goaltending call in a defeat to the Utah Jazz on Feb. 7.

Perhaps the league will be similarly lenient toward Doncic.