Luka Doncic, the Mavericks star, didn’t have a good night. He finished with 12 points on 4-of-10 shooting, 0-of-5 on three-pointers, two rebounds, five assists, two steals, three turnovers, and a minus-27.
So far this season, Doncic hasn’t looked like the MVP-caliber player he looked like in the bubble. After the loss to the Hornets, head coach Rick Carlisle said, “It’s clear Luka doesn’t have his rhythm yet.”
“I don’t know. I think my legs are really tired, but that’s not an excuse,” Doncic said. “I don’t think it’s the problem. Obviously the problem was shooting today.”
To work on his rhythm and his shot, Doncic appeared back on the court Wednesday night a little while after the final buzzer sounded.
Luka Doncic is back on the court getting up shots after the game. pic.twitter.com/4I5chOU1ZH— The Kobe Beef (@TheKobeBeef) December 31, 2020
Doncic worked his way around the floor, taking corner threes, midrange jumpers, shots of cuts, post moves, shots from the elbow, and everywhere in between for nearly an hour. He put in enough work that sweat began to stain the front and back of his t-shirt.
Luka Doncic was 4-10 from the floor and 0-5 from 3 tonight. He ended the game with 12 points. Rick Carlisle said he "doesn't have his rhythm yet." Doncic is now working on his shot after the game. pic.twitter.com/XJVM2bpzud— The Kobe Beef (@TheKobeBeef) December 31, 2020
“Get shots up,” Doncic said about how he improves going forward. “Obviously, I’ve got to do way better. I’m 21 and in my third season, I can improve so much. So, I’ve got to work on those shots every day and if you work on it, they’re going to fall in eventually. That’s my point of view.”
Hopefully, the extra work on the floor will pay dividends in the next game.
Update Dec. 31, 1:08 a.m.: This post was updated to include quotes by Luka Doncic.