The Dallas Mavericks certainly didn’t play as well as they should have on Sunday night.
In Game 3 of the Western Conference Final, they lost 109-100 to the Golden State Warriors.
This puts them 3-0 up against the Warriors – a deficit that neither team has been able to overcome.
Apparently, the whole team didn’t deliver as they should have.
But some people are blaming Luka Donsich.
1-18 FG, 0-14 3P had nothing to do with Reggie Bullock, Maxi Kleber and Davis Bartons. https://t.co/QHgCpgRZRQ
– Sweep-Prevention Dalton (Dalton_Trig) May 23, 2022
Multiple Twitter users point out that Mavs was +10 when Donsick was on the bench and -19 when he was in court on Sunday night.
However, others are pointing out that the rest of the team was downplaying their chances.
Mentioning those plus-minus numbers for Donsick, one user said “Of course Reggie Bullock, Maxi Kleber and Davis Bartons had nothing to do with the combination of 1-18 FG, 0-14 3P.”
Certainly, the crew supporting Mavus had a very bad night on Sunday.
Mangling the Maves
The Warriors were able to stop some of the best players in Dallas in Game 3.
Bullock, for example, failed to secure a single point and missed all of his 10 field goal attempts.
Kleber missed all 5 of his while Bartons was 1 out of 3.
Even Dorian Finney-Smith was 3-of-7 all night.
All of these guys were usually pretty tough during the playoffs so it was amazing to see them have a bad night.
It was painful for the Mavs.
Donsick has 40 points and 11 rebounds, another double-double.
Yet it was not enough to carry his team.
You can see advanced analyzes of his performance throughout the day but there is no doubt that the team needed Donsick on Sunday.
Sadly, they needed more.