Mavs Star, Luka Doncic, Ejected for Low Blow on Collin Sexton
Luka Doncic, 2x NBA All-Star and fellow member of the 2018 NBA Draft class, hit former Crimson Tide point guard Collin Sexton with a low blow on a box out play in the Mavericks and Cavaliers matchup Sunday night, resulting in an ejection for Doncic.
The play, which came at around the 10:00 mark of the third quarter, saw Doncic and Sexton under the basket awaiting a three-pointer from Cavs forward Isaac Okoro when the Mavs guard appeared to strike Sexton below the belt. A subsequent review labeled the foul a flagrant 2, citing the "aggressive strike to the groin area", and an ejection for Doncic followed.
After the game both Doncic and Sexton were fairly open to the media about the brief altercation with Sexton sharing no harsh feelings saying, "It was just a box-out play. Usually whenever someone is hand checking, you punch down, so it's all good."
Speaking in the post game press conference, Doncic said, "After I saw the video I knew I hit him, but it was nothing on purpose. That kind of stuff happens a lot in the games...two guys fighting for a rebound."
Despite the Mavericks being down their star player, the Cavaliers were unable to capitalize on the opportunity, losing 124-97 behind 24 points and seven assists from Sexton.
In response to the Cavaliers inability to take advantage of Doncic's ejection Sexton said, "I would just say the momentum swung and we were supposed to capitalize but we just couldn't hit any shots," Sexton continued, "When it's like that, we've got to figure a way to pick things up and continue push forward and we didn't do that."
The Cavaliers, sitting at 21-47, have been eliminated from playoff contention while the Mavericks (40-28) have secured the Southwest Division and are currently the five seed in the Western Conference.
Despite Sexton putting up near all-star level numbers for the Cavs, averaging 24 points on almost 50% shooting, Cleveland continues to struggle to find success. A young core of talent found in recent drafts could mean good things for the future of the team, but it has yet to be seen.