DALLAS – Stella Mavericks Luka Doncic he needed three points to repair a tear to his head suffered in a late collision in a 119-110 loss to the Lakers on Friday night, but the team's medical staff determined that he had no concussion.
The tear occurred when the center of Doncic and Lakers Dwight Howard he collided chasing a free ball bounced from Mavericks onwards Dorian Finney-Smith with 1 minute, 49 seconds remaining in the adjustment.
Doncic received tearing care from Casey Smith, Mavs player's health and performance director, and froze his head during each of the three timeouts in the rest of the regulation. Doncic played the rest of the game except for the last 6.4 seconds of the regulation, when he was replaced due to a defensive strategy.
"I felt a little strange a few minutes after the blow, but then it was OK," said Doncic, who finished with 31 points, 13 rebounds and 15 assists in an exciting duel with idol d & # 39; childhood LeBron James. "There was nothing to worry about … It was a bit of a headache. I had a bit of a headache for a few minutes, but then it was over. I put some ice in it. and it was better. "
Doncic said he was assessed twice for a concussion – once on the bench and again after the game.
The NBA's concussion policy establishes that a player suspected of having a concussion or exhibiting related signs or symptoms will be "removed from the participation of a team doctor or the player's team athletic coach and evaluated in a quiet and distraction-free environment conducive to conducting a neurological assessment ".
Doncic, who led the lane and bet on Finney-Smith for a possession of 3 pointers two points after the collision, said leaving the game was not a consideration.
"Everyone knows I want to play in overtime," Doncic said. "I wanted to play, anyway. I wanted to finish the game."
The theatrical work in which the collision occurred was one of several calls that shocked Doncic and Mavs.
"Well, he was trying to draw a foul on me," Howard said. "He tried to reach me and draw the phallus, so I'm glad they let that go. I hope he's okay."
Doncic said he didn't know who hit him from behind to cause his laceration but firmly believed that he should have been called a free-ball foul.
He also complained to referee Mark Lindsay for being hit in the face by James during a pass that caused a turnover in the opening minutes of overtime, repeatedly pointing to his face and the back of his head during a conversation with the referee while James fired the free throws leading the Lakers to nine points with less than a minute.
"I was just wondering if I was hit in the head, why is it not a phallus?" said Doncic, who on several occasions showed his referees scratching his arms after the pushes that did not cause wrong calls, once it led to an arrest for infectious disease control because he was bleeding. "I should have focused on the game and not talking to the referees. It was my fault."
Coach Rick Carlisle was in agreement with his team's twenty-year-old star.
"I was angry too, but I won't spend $ 50,000 to criticize," Carlisle said. "It just doesn't make sense. These are difficult games. I don't know what else to say. They are difficult games and they are very emotional. It's hard. It's hard when you think you're hit and the whistle doesn't blow."
The Mavs were also shocked that Howard had not been called for an illegal liberated screen Danny Green for the 3-pointer forcing overtime in the last seconds of the fourth quarter. Howard clearly caught the Mavs guard Seth Curry from behind with both hands to prevent Curry from entering the passing lane, a game that took place after Dallas did not execute Carlisle's foul plan before the Lakers had a chance to shoot.
"Even so, I knew what a show would come," Curry said. "I knew exactly what was going to happen. I'm still there to take that passage away from me, and then [Howard] grabbed me and stood in front of the officer for a moment. He's just unlucky."