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Luka Doncic: My turnovers and my missed free throws cost us the game

Mike Curtis: Luka Doncic: “I think my turnovers and my missed free throws cost us the game… At the end of the day, we have to make shots.”
Source: Twitter @MikeACurtis2

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Joe Vardon @joevardon
Luka is hurting. Kyrie is struggling. And Jason Kidd’s mind game didn’t work. All are ingredients in a recipe for the Dallas Mavericks’ 2-0 deficit at the NBA Finals, @TheAthleticNBA nytimes.com/athletic/55528…11:56 PM
Austin Burton @AmaarBurton
NBA Finals MVP power rankings after Game 2:
1. Jaylen Brown ☘
2. Jayson Tatum ☘
3. Luka Doncic 🐎
4. Kristaps Porzingis ☘
5. Jrue Holiday ☘ pic.twitter.com/Qk4s5ZXrkb11:54 PM

Zach Kram @zachkram
The story of Game 2 of the Finals was the same as the story of Game 1: Luka Doncic is the best player, but that doesn’t matter when Boston has the best overall team.
theringer.com/nba-finals/202…11:44 PM
Tony Jones @Tjonesonthenba
This is the only adjustment I can think of defensively for Dallas. Take one of the bigs out of the rotation and play Luka on the Celtic centers because that’s the only chance he has to hide defensively and then play Green and Hardy and Exum more. This opens more holes but..🤷‍♂11:29 PM
Austin Krell @NBAKrell
Luka Doncic was a one-man show in the first half of Game 2. But the Celtics got Dallas to put 2 on the ball consistently in the second half, and that was all she wrote.
From Game 2 of the Finals:
celticswire.usatoday.com/lists/three-ob…11:14 PM
Luka after his 30-point triple-double in Game 2 📸 pic.twitter.com/riM7szNoXZ11:10 PM

Chris Palmer @ChrisPalmerNBA
Luka Doncic has 7 triple doubles in the 2024 NBA Playoffs. 99% of active players don’t have 7 career triple doubles. – 11:00 PM
Tony Jones @Tjonesonthenba
Boston didn’t react to Luka going nuclear. Stayed the course with the defensive gameplan and allowed Doncic to punch himself out. He got tired in the second half, became a matador defensively and the Celtics took advantage on both ends of the floor – 10:52 PM
Kevin Chouinard @KLChouinard
Luka is so good that it probably hasn’t happened in his career until now, but it feels like Dallas could use less deliberation and more getting into actions ASAP in the shot clock.
Jrue Holiday and Derrick White (feat. Al and Kristaps) just aren’t like everyone else. – 10:48 PM
Ball Don’t Lie @Balldontlie
Luka was questionable for Game 2 with chest, ankle, and knee injuries.
He finished the game with a triple-double (32 points, 11 rebounds, 11 assists).
What an effort 👏 pic.twitter.com/QmRqzKGsVW10:48 PM

Tim MacMahon @espn_macmahon
Luka Doncic: “My turnovers and my missed free throws cost us the game. I’ve got to do way better in those two categories.” – 10:47 PM
Mike Curtis @MikeACurtis2
Luka Doncic said he thinks his chest injury was a result of a charge. He said he didn’t feel it until the next day. – 10:46 PM
Kendrick Perkins @KendrickPerkins
We’re live right now and I’m ready to hear what excuses @channingfrye and @Rjeff24 about to make for Kyrie not showing up with Luka needs him the most. Tap with @RealAClifton and us on @RoadTrippinPod right now
youtube.com/live/hAKLukrCr…10:45 PM
Mike Curtis @MikeACurtis2
Luka Doncic: “I think my turnovers and my missed free throws cost us the game…At the end of the day, we have to make shots.” – 10:44 PM
Vincent Goodwill @VinceGoodwill
Luka: “My turnovers and missed free throws cost us the game.” – 10:44 PM
StatMuse @statmuse
Most threes this Finals:
8 — Luka Doncic
7 — Derrick White
4 — Jrue Holiday
4 — Jayson Tatum
3 — Al Horford
3 — Jaylen Brown
2 — Kristaps Porzingis
2 — Sam Hauser
Luka is the only Mav with multiple 3-pointers. pic.twitter.com/sJRNurzcm110:38 PM

Stephen Noh @StephNoh
Luka’s teammates shot 11.8% from 3 tonight. Sheesh. – 10:37 PM
The Ringer @ringernba
Kyrie Irving: “It was a tough couple games, we haven’t played well at all.”
Luka Doncic: pic.twitter.com/LQopkp0rtQ10:37 PM
StatMuse @statmuse
Scoring leaders this Finals:
31.0 — Luka Doncic
21.5 — Celtic
19.0 — Celtic
17.0 — Celtic
16.5 — Celtic
16.0 — Celtic pic.twitter.com/TQeKpi76LM10:36 PM

Dalton Johnson @DaltonJ_Johnson
Comparing Luka and Kyrie to Steph and Klay was always way too premature nbcsportsbayarea.com/nba/golden-sta…10:34 PM
Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps
Final: Celtics 105, Mavericks 98
Boston takes a 2-0 lead in this series behind a spectacular performance from Jrue Holiday, who had 26 points and 11 rebounds on 11-for-14 shooting.
Luka Doncic had 32-11-11, but the rest of the Mavs went 2-17 from 3. – 10:32 PM
Kevin O’Connor @KevinOConnorNBA
Kyrie Irving with a 6/19 and 7/18 in Games 1 and 2. Getting totally outplayed by Jrue Holiday and Derrick White. If Kyrie isn’t gonna offer way more in Dallas then Luka Doncic is gonna have to take 30+ shots. – 10:32 PM
Souichi Terada @SouichiTerada
The Celtics weren’t perfect, but they beat the Mavericks 105-98 in Game 2 of the NBA Finals. Jrue Holiday stepped up on both ends with 26 points. The C’s also overcame a Luka Doncic triple-double.
Boston is now just 2 wins away from Banner No. 18.
masslive.com/celtics/2024/0…10:30 PM
Clemente Almanza @CAlmanza1007
What a gut-punch loss for the Mavs. Doncic with a 32-point triple-double and that wasn’t enough to win Game 2. Celtics have been the better team through 2 games – 10:30 PM
Chris Mannix @SIChrisMannix
Boston 105, Dallas 98
Mavs made it interesting down the stretch.
Triple double for Luka: 32-11-11
Tatum comes up one rebound short: 18-12-9
Jrue Holiday the star: 26 points, 11 rebounds.
Kyrie Irving: 16 points on 7-18 shooting. Has missed all eight of his threes in the – 10:30 PM
StatMuse @statmuse
Luka tonight:
32 PTS
11 REB
11 AST
Not enough. statmuse.com/nba/player/luk…10:29 PM
Eurohoops @Eurohoopsnet
2-0 for the Celtics despite Luka Doncic’s triple-double #NBAFinals
eurohoops.net/en/nba-news/16…10:29 PM
Mike Curtis @MikeACurtis2
Final: Celtics 105, Mavs 98.
The Mavs trail 0-2 in a series for the first time in these playoffs. Luka Doncic had 32 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists. – 10:29 PM
Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps
Final: Celtics 105, Mavericks 98
Boston takes a 2-0 lead in this series behind a spectacular performance from Jrue Holiday, who had 26 points and 11 rebounds on 11-for-14 shooting.
Luka Doncic had 32-11-11, but the rest of the Mavs went 2-17 from 3.
Game 3 is Monday in Dallas – 10:28 PM
Tim MacMahon @espn_macmahon
Mavs are down 0-2 as the series heads to Dallas despite Luka Doncic’s 32-point triple-double.
Mavs made a run to make it interesting, but Jaylen Brown slammed the door with a chasedown block/driving bucket sequence. – 10:27 PM
Jared Weiss @JaredWeissNBA
Doncic misses the three and the Mavs aren’t fouling. Celtics take a 2-0 Finals lead back to Dallas after Tatum and Brown combine for 19 assists. Jason Kidd tried to drive a wedge, but they’ve seen that move plenty of times and didn’t flinch. – 10:27 PM
Tony East @TonyREast
That Luka and Horford interaction after the foul was awesome. – 10:25 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
Wow, Luka with a layup and FT and lead is down to 5 with 1:15 left. #Celtics gonna have to earn this one. – 10:24 PM
Bobby Manning @RealBobManning
Too late but C’s going cold and giving up an 8-0 run out of timeout that could turn into 9-0 with 1:15 to go. Luka to the FT line. Six point game. – 10:24 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
Triple double for Luka Doncic. #Celtics #Mavericks #NBAFinals10:23 PM
Matthew Tynan @Matthew_Tynan
Man I knew Luka had a bunch of turnovers but 8?! Oof – 10:22 PM
Tony Mejia @MejiaDinero
Inexcusable turnover not getting the ball past halfcourt. Between Luka’s poor 2H and Kyrie Irving playing poorly for a second straight game, Mavs let a winnable Game 2 get away. #NBAFinals10:21 PM
Michael Dugat @mdug
Biggest possession yet and they ask PJ to dribble up a congested floor … only stupid if you have Luka and Kyrie on the roster, and I know at least one of those guys has been playing tonight – 10:20 PM
Chris Herring @Herring_NBA
Luka has been so great, but he’s also forced the issue and made stuff worse on a handful of plays, too – 10:19 PM
Bobby Manning @RealBobManning
Did Luka just give up after that turnover? – 10:18 PM
John Karalis @John_Karalis
Luka Doncic 0-4 in the 4th – 10:13 PM
Stephen Noh @StephNoh
Pritchard holding up on Luka has Mike Breen shook pic.twitter.com/aTZglIqQxm10:03 PM

Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
That Doncic pass to Washington was like Kelce trying to get open for Mahomes and then finding it in his lap. Crazy. – 10:01 PM
Marcus Thompson @ThompsonScribe
Some of these Luka passes are absolutely nuts – 10:01 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
Pritchard banks in a 34-footer at the buzzer to give BOS an 83-74 lead after 3Q. Big shot for #Celtics. Holiday 23, Brown 15, Tatum 13 (10 ast), Porzingis 12, White 10; Doncic 29, Irving 12, Washington 11, Jones Jr. 7.
3pt: BOS 6-30; DAL 6-22. – 9:57 PM
Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps
After 3: Celtics 83, Mavericks 74
Payton Pritchard checks in with 3.1 seconds to go in the third, takes the inbounds & drills a 34-footer to give Boston a 9-point lead, with the C’s now 12 minutes away from a 2-0 lead.
Luka Doncic has 29-7-9. Mavs other than him? 2-15 from 3. – 9:57 PM
Clemente Almanza @CAlmanza1007
Luka seeing his teammates shoot bricks on their open 3-pointers pic.twitter.com/3xpg2RTfcU9:56 PM

Alan Hahn @alanhahn
Luka is 4/7 from 3PT.
Everyone on Dallas not named Luka is 1/14 from 3PT. – 9:51 PM
Michael Dugat @mdug
Celtics making the Mavs look like Luka and a bunch of bots – 9:50 PM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
This is what happens when Luka goes off, Kyrie makes some shots, PJ actually makes a 3, the Celtics can’t, Tatum misses 7 of first 8, you know real Porzingis exists, and you are STILL down at halftime.
Boston seems inevitable. – 9:50 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
Tatum records his 10th assist on a nice interior bounce pass to Holiday, who has 23 in 28 minutes. BOS 75, DAL 63 with 2:57 left. Kidd took out Luka on previous possession, but he has to go back in here. #Celtics #Mavericks #NBAFinals9:49 PM
Vincent Goodwill @VinceGoodwill
Danger zone for Dallas. 73-63. Luka with some ugly turnovers and Kyrie has stopped making shots – 9:48 PM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Luka Doncic: 3-6 3P
Rest of Mavs: 1-13 3P
Not gonna cut it against this Celtics team, even when they’re off too – 9:47 PM
Mike Curtis @MikeACurtis2
Luka Doncic and Jaylen Brown are getting chippy with each other. Brown just pushed Doncic in the chest on that last possession. – 9:47 PM
John Hollinger @johnhollinger
Luka Doncic and Jaylen Brown spent that last Dallas trip slap-fighting in the corner while play happened on opposite side the floor. Something to watch …. – 9:46 PM
Sean Grande @SeanGrandePBP
Luka Doncic: 3-6
Everyone else in the game: 5-34
Boston is 4-23 from 3…and somehow leads by 6, 69-63, mid-3rd. – 9:43 PM
Kevin O’Connor @KevinOConnorNBA
Celtics completely ignore Derrick Jones Jr. from 3 and he uh…airballs. Non-Luka Mavs can’t buy a 3. pic.twitter.com/8kdCrHvVg49:43 PM

Bobby Manning @RealBobManning
Tatum switched onto Luka then Luka must’ve thought BOS would give a switch again. Tatum trapped with KP and caught Luka’s behind the back pick and pop feed for a steal. – 9:40 PM
Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
Non-Luka Mavs are now 1-for-10 from 3. That number the rest of the way will probably be what swings this one. – 9:37 PM
Jay King @ByJayKing
Grousbeck held his arms up in the “T” sign in Doncic’s direction while Doncic was inbounding the ball. Looked like he wanted Doncic whacked for a technical. Doncic didn’t seem to like it based on how he followed up his next bucket. – 9:35 PM
Marc J. Spears @MarcJSpears
Celtics governor Wyc Grousbeck stood up during a recent dead ball and made a technical foul sign to Luka Doncic that the Mavs star saw nearby. After Doncic followed by scoring next, he ran back and had some words for Grousbeck that brought laughter by nearby fans. – 9:34 PM
Stefan Bondy @SBondyNYDN
The Celtics are so deep neither Tatum nor Brown have 10 points and they’re winning. Meanwhile Doncic has 25. – 9:32 PM
Adam Himmelsbach @AdamHimmelsbach
Non-Luka Mavs are now 1 for 10 from three. – 9:32 PM
Jay King @ByJayKing
Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck just taunted Luka Doncic on the sidelines. Doncic drilled his next shot and started barking at him in the front row. – 9:31 PM
Sam Vecenie @Sam_Vecenie
Know it feels like Luka is unconscious (and has obviously been awesome), but Dallas is running some awesome stuff to get him positive matchups and to get him loose. Like, these first two sets of 2Q.
First one gets Pritchard mismatch. Then killer baseline screens to get a 3 look pic.twitter.com/oWph9kODVt9:19 PM

Dan Favale @danfavale
the celtics offense when they see luka pic.twitter.com/hi4aeFKnjM9:18 PM

Michael Dugat @mdug
Luka 9-13 FGs and rest of the Mavs a combined 12-30 (1-7 3pt)
Defense has been a lot better but someone has to help on offense. – 9:16 PM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Idk man. Luka Doncic had an absurd half, the Celtics shot 3-for-15 from 3…and Boston is still up 3. Dallas missing 6 FTs obviously makes a difference but beating this team feels like a Sisyphean task so far – 9:16 PM
Cameron Tabatabaie @CTabatabaie
It’s 54-51 Celtics at the half
Boston is perfect from the FT line, passing super well, but 3-for-15 from deep
Dallas is 5-for-11 on FTs, keeps turning the ball over, but Doncic has 23-3-3 – 9:15 PM
Mike Curtis @MikeACurtis2
Halftime: #Celtics 54, #Mavs 51.
Doncic: 23 pts, 3 rebs, 3 asts
Irving: 10 pts, 2 asts
Jones: 7 pts, 2 asts, 1 stl
Jrue Holiday: 17 pts, 4 rebs
Jaylen Brown: 8 pts, 2 rebs, 4 asts – 9:14 PM
Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps
Halftime: Celtics 54, Mavericks 51
Boston leads despite Jayson Tatum going 2-for-10 from the field (though he has 8 assists) and he & Jaylen Brown being outscored 33-13 by Luka & Kyrie.
Dallas is 5-11 from the FT line and 4-13 from 3. Boston is 13-13 on FTs & 3-15 from 3. – 9:13 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
Tough offensive first half for Tatum, he’s 2 for 10 FG and just passed up a 3 look to drive and then get stripped to end 2Q. But he also has eight assists. BOS 54, DAL 51.
Holiday 17, Porzingis 10, Brown 8, White 7, Tatum 5, Horford 5. Doncic 23, Irving 10, Jones Jr. 7. – 9:13 PM
Eddie Sefko @ESefko
Celtics had a charged-up finish to the half and lead 54-51 at the break. Luka with 23 points, but Jrue Holiday with 17 for the Celtics. Tatum playing a solid game with eight assists to go with five points and three rebounds. – 9:12 PM
Tom Petrini @RealTomPetrini
Luka made 3 three-pointers in the first half
Everyone else combined has hit a total of 4 – 9:12 PM
StatMuse @statmuse
Luka Doncic at half:
23 PTS
9-13 FG
Only down by 3. statmuse.com/nba/player/luk…9:11 PM
Jared Weiss @JaredWeissNBA
The Celtics wings have been going right at Luka in iso tonight and have been getting past him easily. Boston is getting deep into the paint every time they attack him. – 9:07 PM
Bobby Manning @RealBobManning
No resistance defensively from Luka on Tatum and Tatum finally gets a shot to go inside after a 1/8 start. – 9:06 PM
Adam Himmelsbach @AdamHimmelsbach
It’s Luka against the Celtics, and it’s close. – 9:06 PM
Mike Curtis @MikeACurtis2
Luka Doncic finds Derrick Jones for a lob. That’s a new development. – 9:06 PM
Bobby Manning @RealBobManning
Dallas gets a rare alley-oop off as #Celtics start bringing some extra pressure vs. Luka. – 9:05 PM
Ball Don’t Lie @Balldontlie
Luka’s got 20 points and making dishes like this 😳
(via @NBA)
pic.twitter.com/lSPWIQASn39:01 PM

Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps
Jayson Tatum has five assists, but is 1-for-8 from the field, and 0-for-3 from deep, in 17 minutes so far tonight.
Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving are currently outscoring Tatum and Jaylen Brown 28-8 and the game is tied with 3:56 to go in the first half. – 9:01 PM
This Luka Doncic stat is ridiculous 😳 pic.twitter.com/TknOUvgb439:00 PM

Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
Was just going to say how Doncic not being able to get downhill to trigger ball movement is going to cook Dallas in this series but then he does it to set up back-to-back Mavs assists. – 8:59 PM
J. Kyle Mann @jkylemann
jesus that drop off from luka
i yelled – 8:59 PM
The Ringer @ringernba
Brad Townsend @townbrad
Doncic has been trying like crazy to get teammates more involved — and it looks like they’re starting to respond.
Only way Dallas can win. Doncic and Irving can’t carry this alone, not against Boston. – 8:59 PM
Mike Curtis @MikeACurtis2
Doncic just threw a behind-the-back pass to Derrick Jones, who was cutting to the rim. Not sure how he made that one. – 8:58 PM
Cameron Tabatabaie @CTabatabaie
Luka masterclass, what a performance – 8:58 PM
Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps
Dallas only having three assists on 14 made field goals through the first 17 minutes tonight is a sign Boston is continuing to execute the way it wants to defensively.
Luka and Kyrie are a combined 12-for-18
The rest of the Mavericks are a combined 2-for-11 – 8:54 PM
Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
Mavericks not named Kyrie or Luka shooting 2-of-11 from the field in opening 17 minutes. – 8:54 PM
Chris Herring @Herring_NBA
That Luka pass to Washington was nasty, even if the shot missed – 8:53 PM
Brad Townsend @townbrad
Doncic could have and perhaps should have taken that shot himself, but it looks like he was trying to get Lively involved. The Lively we’ve seen for most of the playoffs hasn’t shown up to the Finals yet. – 8:52 PM
Souichi Terada @SouichiTerada
so the Celtics are 2-12 from 3, Tatum is 1-7 for 2 points and Doncic has 20 points on 8-12 shooting. despite all that, the Celtics lead 36-35. – 8:52 PM
John Hollinger @johnhollinger
INCREDIBLE hustle by Al Horford to break up that Dallas fast break with Luka, and still had enough juice in the tank to challenge another shot at the end. – 8:52 PM
John Karalis @John_Karalis
Nothing but step backs for Luka. He’s not getting by anybody. – 8:50 PM
Bobby Manning @RealBobManning
It’s really the offense killing Boston in this half, but Doncic isn’t shooting tough mid-rangers. He’s getting to like 8-10 feet and tossing up manageable floaters. Need to defend them tougher. – 8:48 PM
Mike Curtis @MikeACurtis2
Luka is cooking tonight. He has 20 points in the first half. There’s still 9:48 left in the second quarter. – 8:48 PM
Souichi Terada @SouichiTerada
so it might be a Celtics shooting game and a Luka game all in one – 8:48 PM
Brad Townsend @townbrad
20 points for Doncic. – 8:48 PM
Sam Vecenie @Sam_Vecenie
Boston’s getting way easier shots still than Dallas. Some awesome shot-making by Luka, some missed wide open 3s by guys you expect to make them from Boston.
But hey, sometimes you miss shots. Dallas needs to take advantage big time and extend the lead while that happens. – 8:47 PM
Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps
Luka Doncic is cooking. – 8:47 PM
Vincent Goodwill @VinceGoodwill
Luka’s having some lobster boil here, on his way to a 40-ball. 20 and more coming – 8:47 PM
Mike Curtis @MikeACurtis2
End of the 1st quarter: Mavs 28, Celtics 25.
Al Horford drains a 3 in the waning seconds, but Josh Green is fouled on a 3-pointer with 0.1 seconds left. He makes two out of three to end the period.
Doncic: 13 pts, 3 rebs, 1 ast (5-7 FG)
Irving: 8 pts (4-5 FG)
Washington: 5 pts pic.twitter.com/pbeNCnkZli8:46 PM

Cameron Tabatabaie @CTabatabaie
Insane Luka game, that man’s footwork is unbelievable – 8:46 PM
Tas Melas @TasMelas
Jaylen Brown getting past Luka Doncic for two pretty dunks in Games 1 and 2 is gonna be on the social medias pic.twitter.com/GixoJqvQyi8:46 PM

Eddie Sefko @ESefko
Mavericks are up 28-25 and that’s in spite of hitting just 4-of-9 free throws. The Celtics made all 10 of theirs in an interminable first quarter. Porzingis back to his old tricks with eight points. Luka has 13, but missed a pair of free throws. – 8:45 PM
Chris Mannix @SIChrisMannix
Dallas, 28, Boston 25 after 1
▪ Brutal offensive quarter for the Celtics. 36.8% shooting, 1-9 from three. Free throws (10-10) kept them in it.
▪ Luka Doncic (13 points) and Kyrie Irving (8) had it going. 9-12 from the floor. Mavs shot 52.4% as a team
▪ Porzingis (eight points) – 8:45 PM
Erik Slater @erikslater_
The analysts can talk about Jayson Tatum’s defense and rebounding all they want, but he’s been rough offensively through five quarters of these finals.
The gap between him and Luka looks massive right now. Celtics survived that quarter by being in the bonus.
JT needs to wake up – 8:45 PM
Alan Hahn @alanhahn
Good signs for Mavs:
— Celtics 3s not falling
— Seeking out Tatum on defense
— Kyrie finding his game
— Luka already trash talking a fan on the sideline – 8:45 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
#Celtics trailing #Mavericks 28-25 despite 1 for 9 3pt shooting and just 2 combined points from Tatum and Brown. But they’ll have to get going soon. Luka and Kyrie combined for 21. #NBAFinals8:45 PM
Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps
After 1: Mavericks 28, Celtics 25
Luka Doncic with 13 points in a great start for Dallas, giving the Mavs an early lead after shooting 52% in the first.
Mavs only have two assists, however, and are 4-for-9 on FTs. Celtics are 10-for-10.
Kristaps Porzingis has 8 for Boston. – 8:44 PM
Ball Don’t Lie @Balldontlie
The Mavericks scored 28 points in the first quarter.
Luka had 13 of them ‼ pic.twitter.com/WQqhqYbll08:44 PM

Souichi Terada @SouichiTerada
lotta fouls that 1st quarter. but C’s are 10-10 from FT line while Mavs are just 4-9. Celtics only down 28-25, which isn’t the end of the world after shooting 1-9 from 3 and Doncic had 13 points – 8:42 PM
Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps
After 1: Mavericks 28, Celtics 25
Luka Doncic with 13 points in a great start for Dallas, giving the Mavs an early lead after shooting 52% in the first.
Mavs only have two assists, however, and are 2-for-7 on FTs. Celtics are 10-for-10.
Kristaps Porzingis has 8 for Boston. – 8:42 PM
StatMuse @statmuse
Points in the 1Q:
13 — Luka Doncic
2 — Tatum and Brown combined pic.twitter.com/yOHytoGHrg8:42 PM

Dave McMenamin @mcten
After scoring 30 points in Game 1 on 12-for-26 shooting, Luka Doncic starts off Game 2 with 13 points on 5-for-7 shooting in the 1st Q tonight.
Game 1 after 1Q: BOS 37, DAL 20
Game 2 after 1Q: DAL 28, BOS 25 – 8:41 PM
Stephen Noh @StephNoh
Watch Kyrie here on the after free throw play, small thing but great veteran knowledge.
Repositioning all of his teammates so that Luka can iso in the post and as the best shooter on the floor, he will be one pass away if Derrick White tries to double. pic.twitter.com/De3O1cXzRd8:41 PM

Wes Goldberg @wcgoldberg
Luka and Kyrie have done a way better job of attacking matchups and getting to their spots than in Game 1. – 8:41 PM
Eddie Sefko @ESefko
Luka walking out toward the locker room. Didn’t seem to be limping or anything. – 8:35 PM
Brad Townsend @townbrad
Seriously, the Mavs need to pay an actor to wear Celtics gear and sit courtside in Games 3 and 4 to goad Doncic. Not kidding about this.
Meanwhile, Irving has 2 fouls. – 8:34 PM
Souichi Terada @SouichiTerada
Celtics are 0-7 from 3 and Doncic already has 13 points. so things could be going better for the C’s – 8:34 PM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
What’s the NBA Finals record for usage percentage? Asking for Luka Doncic – 8:33 PM
Mike Lynch @SportInfo247
Luka 100% knew what he was doing with that pass when he was obviously about to be whistled for a travel – 8:33 PM
Bobby Manning @RealBobManning
#Celtics‘ other defenders aren’t even moving. They’re going to live with whatever Luka gets in ISO, especially in that short-mid range. He’s 5/7 FG and heading to the line with 11. – 8:32 PM
Stephen Noh @StephNoh
Luka has looked pretty comfortable early here going at Tatum. He’s been trying to get to that matchup. – 8:32 PM
Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
Luka’s trying to score 40 without ever getting to the rim – 8:31 PM
Mike Curtis @MikeACurtis2
Luka Doncic has officially found a fan to chirp at. He’s said something to a fan sitting courtside after back-to-back buckets. – 8:31 PM
Wes Goldberg @wcgoldberg
That last Luka shot was so ridiculous and he makes it look casual. – 8:30 PM
Chris Mannix @SIChrisMannix
Dallas is doing a lot of Tatum-hunting defensively. That’s a new wrinkle. Looking to get Doncic on Tatum in isolations. – 8:30 PM
Bobby Manning @RealBobManning
Tatum has switched onto Luka on nearly every possession defensively – 8:30 PM
Brad Townsend @townbrad
Doncic has found a fan to chirp at. Uh, oh. – 8:29 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
Tatum trying to reach on Luka instead of playing straight up defense. #Celtics #Mavericks #NBAFInals8:28 PM
Cameron Tabatabaie @CTabatabaie
Luka smokes two free throws, yikes – 8:28 PM
Chris Mannix @SIChrisMannix
Doncic (six points) and Irving (four) responding early for Dallas. – 8:15 PM
Eddie Sefko @ESefko
Terrific start for the Mavericks. They have hit six of 10 shots and are up 13-6 with 8:18 left in the opening quarter. Celtics call a timeout. Irving and Luka have 10 of the Mavericks’ points. – 8:15 PM
Mike Curtis @MikeACurtis2
Luka Doncic has six early points and he’s getting to his spots. – 8:13 PM
Stephen Noh @StephNoh
First possessions of games can be very telling.
DAL first possession: Luka targets Derrick White, gets the switch & uses his size advantage to score over him.
BOS first possession: Nobody matches up with Jrue Holiday (lol). Easy layup. pic.twitter.com/R3Th29pg7i8:12 PM

Cameron Tabatabaie @CTabatabaie
Maybe Luka is about to go for 50, but I just don’t see the Mavs having the stamina to do this for a full 48 – 8:12 PM
Mike Curtis @MikeACurtis2
That’s the key for Dallas. If PJ Washington can take advantage of those looks from the perimeter, it’ll take a lot of pressure off Doncic and Irving. – 8:11 PM
Vincent Goodwill @VinceGoodwill
A much more definitive start from the Mavs. Kyrie and Luka getting to their desired spots. 7-2 – 8:11 PM
Cameron Tabatabaie @CTabatabaie
Loud boos for Kyrie, Luka, and Kidd during intros pic.twitter.com/v9KAvZfYJk8:09 PM

Cameron Tabatabaie @CTabatabaie
Luka wearing a wrap during intros for Game 2
He was listed as questionable with thoracic contusion, but is set to play pic.twitter.com/pDxhXYBLZJ8:06 PM

Tim Cato @tim_cato
new version of Luka just dropped: mummified Luka – 8:05 PM
Eddie Sefko @ESefko
To the surprise of no one, Luka is playing tonight. – 7:58 PM
Jeff Zillgitt @JeffZillgitt
Mavs star Luka Doncic, listed as questionable during the day and now listed as available and in the starting lineup, warming up before Game 2. pic.twitter.com/mZc7xV1GOT7:54 PM

Mike Curtis @MikeACurtis2
Luka Doncic just emerged from the tunnel to a serenade of boos from the Boston crowd. – 7:50 PM
Brad Townsend @townbrad
Doncic takes the court, to some boos. – 7:49 PM
Brad Townsend @townbrad
Not seeing Doncic on the court warming up with the rest of the team. – 7:48 PM
Luka Doncic injury news: Mavs star will play through chest contusion in NBA Finals Game 2
cbssports.com/nba/news/luka-…7:45 PM
Chuck Cooperstein @coopmavs
Mavs starters: Jones, Washington, Gafford, Irving, Doncic
BOS starters: Brown, Tatum, Horford, White, Holiday
7:07 tip @theeagledallas – 7:35 PM
Sean Grande @SeanGrandePBP
Mavericks at Celtics – TD Garden – June 9, 2024 – NBA Finals Game 2 Starters
Boston – Holiday, White, Brown, Tatum, Horford
Dallas – Luka Doncic, Kyrie Irving, Derrick Jones Jr., PJ Washington, Daniel Gafford
OUT – Boston: None Dallas: None pic.twitter.com/sYEHOPQrtG7:32 PM

Kurt Helin @basketballtalk
The best way to keep up with Dallas vs. Boston Game 2 — including the news Luka will play. Follow along on the NBC Sports Live Blog.
Boston Celtics vs Dallas Mavericks LIVE: Updates, score, news, stats, betting updates, highlights for NBA Finals Game 2 nbcsports.com/nba/news/bosto…7:12 PM
John Hollinger @johnhollinger
My Game 2 keys
Tier 1: Is Luka healthy?
Tier 2: Can Dallas force 4 on 3s? Is Boston making 3s?
Tier 3: Can Lively impact game? Can Mavs stop Staps? Can any non-Kyrie/non-Luka Mav create? – 7:09 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Who wins Game 2 now that Luka Doncic is playing? #NBAFinals #Celtics #Mavs7:09 PM
Mark Followill @MFollowill
The Mavs have announced that Luka Dončić (thoracic contusion, right knee sprain, left ankle sprain) is available for tonight’s Game 2 of the NBA Finals. – 6:57 PM
Mark Haynes @markhaynesnba
Luka Dončić (thoracic contusion, right knee sprain, left ankle soreness) will be AVAILABLE for Game 2 against the Celtics, per team. – 6:53 PM
Jeff Stotts @InStreetClothes
Re: Dončić: The term thoracic refers to the thorax of the body & is most often associated w/ the middle segment of the spine where the ribs attach to the thoracic vertebrae. Luka appears to be favoring his ribs more than his back & this likely comes down to managing his – 6:52 PM
Kurt Helin @basketballtalk
Jason Kidd says he continues to be a gametime decision, but Luka Dončić looked pretty good warming up before Game 2 pic.twitter.com/T4vwdLENvj6:50 PM

Mike Curtis @MikeACurtis2
Luka Doncic, who’s questionable for tonight’s Game 2, ends his pregame shooting routine with a few free throws and a walkoff 3. pic.twitter.com/iEC4bQd3nN6:43 PM

Tim MacMahon @espn_macmahon
Luka Doncic is shooting it well in his warmup. pic.twitter.com/5xHqzALLfc6:42 PM

Cameron Tabatabaie @CTabatabaie
Luka Doncic get shots up here at TD Garden prior to Game 2 pic.twitter.com/xRehg6yZyk6:33 PM

Mike Curtis @MikeACurtis2
Jason Kidd says Luka Doncic suffered his chest contusion by either “taking a charge or diving on the floor.” Reiterates that he’s questionable and they’ll see how he feels. – 6:30 PM
Eddie Sefko @ESefko
Luka is questionable. Will go through warmups and see how he feels. Thoracic injury was suffered either taking a charge or diving for a loose ball, per Jason Kidd. – 6:28 PM
Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
Luka Doncic got hurt by diving on the floor or taking a charge according to Jason Kidd. He’s still questionable at this point awaiting how he warms up. – 6:27 PM
Bobby Manning @RealBobManning
Kidd says Luka hurt himself on the charge take or a loose ball dive. – 6:27 PM
Mike Curtis @MikeACurtis2
Jason Kidd says he Luka Doncic suffered his chest contusion by either “taking a charge or diving on the floor.” Reiterates that he’s questionable and they’ll see how he feels. – 6:27 PM
Brad Townsend @townbrad
Kidd says Doncic is questionable and will decide after warming up. He says he believes Doncic hurt his chest by taking a charge or diving for a loose ball. pic.twitter.com/zw8ifa0RZo6:27 PM

Vincent Goodwill @VinceGoodwill
Jason Kidd says they’ll make a decision on Luka Doncic once he goes through warm ups. Thinks Luka got the injury diving on the floor for a loose ball – 6:27 PM
StatMuse @statmuse
Most points per minute in the NBA Finals (minimum 20 minutes):
.97 — Kristaps
.88 — Giannis
.84 — Barry
.78 — Luka pic.twitter.com/k8eQEmbzyQ6:21 PM

Todd Whitehead @CrumpledJumper
Game 1 was just the 5th time in the last 200 outings for Luka Doncic that the Mavs failed to attempt at least 5 corner threes. pic.twitter.com/t3vrCXZTlO6:07 PM

Cameron Tabatabaie @CTabatabaie
Luke Doncic and the Mavs are here for Game 2 of the NBA finals pic.twitter.com/23UC2vqPFl5:13 PM

Cameron Tabatabaie @CTabatabaie
Luka Donic and the Mavericks have arrived at TD Garden for Game 2 of the NBA finals pic.twitter.com/Nqgtb2zzNk5:09 PM

Emiliano Carchia @Sportando
Dallas Mavericks, update on Luka Doncic’s condition: will he be there in Game 2? @Sportando sportando.basketball/en/dallas-mave…4:12 PM
Cameron Tabatabaie @CTabatabaie
Luka being questionable is massive
But as we’ve seen a number of times this postseason, sometimes opponents get better on defense when their offense-first guard goes out – 3:36 PM
Mike Curtis @MikeACurtis2
#Mavs guard Luka Doncic has been downgraded from probable to questionable for tonight’s Game 2 due to a thoracic contusion. He’s also been playing through a right knee sprain and left ankle soreness. – 3:31 PM
Mark Followill @MFollowill
Injury update from the Mavs…due to a thoracic contusion (along with already having a right knee sprain and left ankle soreness), Luka Dončić is now listed as questionable for tonight’s game. – 3:26 PM
Joe Vardon @joevardon
Developing story: Luka is now questionable for Game 2 with a chest bruise — indicative that the Dallas Mavericks star is in considerable pain @TheAthleticNBA nytimes.com/athletic/55521…3:19 PM
Sirius XM NBA @SiriusXMNBA
What adjustments can the #Mavericks make going into Game 2?
According to @BGeltzNBA, they all start and end with Kyrie Irving and Luka Dončić. pic.twitter.com/sGzeGPlKCe2:38 PM

Adam Wexler @AdamJWexler
New injury report has downgraded Luka Doncic from probable to questionable. An hour ago (12:30p ct), he was listed PROBABLE w/ Right Knee Sprain; Left Ankle Soreness. Now at 1:30p ct – Thoracic Contusion has been added, along with the downgrade to QUESTIONABLE. #NBAFinals2:34 PM
Luka Doncic update: Mavericks star has status downgraded for NBA Finals Game 2, listed with three injuries
cbssports.com/nba/news/luka-…2:26 PM
Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
New: Luka Doncic has been downgraded to questionable for Game 2 tonight by the Mavericks due to a new injury on top of his knee sprain and ankle soreness masslive.com/celtics/2024/0…2:26 PM
Jared Weiss @JaredWeissNBA
Luka Dončić was grabbing at his torso a bit during practice yesterday, now he is downgraded to questionable with a thoracic contusion – 2:26 PM
Emiliano Carchia @Sportando
Dallas Mavericks, Doncic “questionable” for Game 2 of NBA Finals against Boston Celtics @Sportando sportando.basketball/en/dallas-mave…2:20 PM
Eurohoops @Eurohoopsnet
The Dallas Mavericks officially list Luka Doncic as questionable to play in Game 2
eurohoops.net/en/nba-news/16…2:09 PM
Tim MacMahon @espn_macmahon
Luka Doncic is now listed as questionable for Game 2. He has a thoracic contusion in addition to the right knee sprain and left ankle soreness he has been playing through. – 1:57 PM
Marc Stein @TheSteinLine
On the NBA’s 1:30 PM ET injury report, Dalas’ Luka Dončić is now listed as questionable (downgraded from probable) for tonight’s Game 2 of the NBA Finals.
The listed injuries: Thoracic Contusion; Right Knee Sprain; Left Ankle Soreness
More NBA from me: marcstein.substack.com1:55 PM
NBA Finals odds, picks: Celtics vs. Mavericks Game 2 best bets with props for Luka Doncic, Kristaps Porzingis
(By @SamQuinnCBS)
cbssports.com/nba/news/nba-f…11:25 AM
StatMuse @statmuse
Luka Doncic in Game 2s this playoffs:
31.0 PPG
8.7 RPG
9.7 APG
45.5 3P%
3-0. pic.twitter.com/tuLXjYI9CH10:40 AM

Chuck Cooperstein @coopmavs
Mavs 3-0 in Game 2 in these playoffs. 5-0 after a loss with lots of Luka magic.
In Game2:
31 pts on 45.7 FG% 45.5 3pt%
In games following a loss
32.6 pts on 53% FG 45.1 3pt%
Will it happen again? @KevinGraySports pre at 6:30 Tip w/@bdameris & me at 7:07 @theeagledallas – 10:08 AM
BasketNews @BasketNews_com
Luka is just like a little kid out there bullying people 😅
pic.twitter.com/GyyxfDMA951:25 AM

More on this storyline

Cameron Tabatabaie: Luka denied any knowledge of an exchange with Wyc Grousbeck during Game 2 pic.twitter.com/CLMw8YxC9j -via Twitter @CTabatabaie / June 9, 2024
Mike Curtis: Luka Doncic on what the Mavs can do at home to have a better outcome: “Score more points. At the end of the day, it’s basketball.” -via Twitter @MikeACurtis2 / June 9, 2024


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