From the start, the Dallas Mavericks’ game against the Memphis Grizzlies had been an annoying one to watch. Dallas was shooting something like 2 of 114 from three. To make matters worse, Grayson Allen revealed himself to be the greatest NBA player since Michael Jordan. A three game losing streak looked unavoidable.
I was furious and turned the game off. I flipped over to Investigation Discovery to cheer myself up with a story about a vicious murder. It couldn’t be worse than what Allen was doing to the Mavericks, after all. But then, something called to me. It beckoned be back.
And thank God it did!
I flipped the channel back over just in time to see the inbound pass with under two seconds remaining. Luka caught the ball, stumbled, and tossed up some foolishness that had no business going in. It looked like something I’d shoot on a Nerf goal while pulling three muscles. It went in. LUKA. MAGIC.
LUKA!!! MAGIC!! GAME OVER!!!!!!!!! pic.twitter.com/l8jSn6TVPP— Dallas Mavericks (@dallasmavs) April 15, 2021
When he needs a game winner, Rick Carlisle suddenly turns into a kid playing Tecmo Super Bowl with a broken controller. He can only call one play, and it’s Luka from the left wing. Who can blame him? Just like a run play with Bo Jackson, it works. Why would he call anything else?
I went from being so angry to so happy in seconds. It can’t be healthy for me. I need to take off work tomorrow to recover from the rush, and I’m not going to sleep for a week. My heart is beating 240 times per minute like someone just injected me with crystal meth. I am invincible!
I don’t know what else to say. Here’s some tweets about it.
Thank God for Luka Doncic!
WOW WOW WOW!!!!! Cmon @luka7doncic you ain’t serious man!!— LeBron James (@KingJames) April 15, 2021
Luka stop being good I beg you knicks need that pick— jason c. (@netw3rk) April 15, 2021
You just got Luka’d pic.twitter.com/WCExDBrjMy— Ben “Fungible Token” Zajdel (@BenZajdel) April 15, 2021
Rick Carlisle: “I can’t tell you how many thousands of dollars I’ve lost to him because of halfcourt shots. One time in Mexico City I paid him off in pesos I was so pissed.”— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) April 15, 2021
For good measure here’s Pandahank41’s latest video of Luka game winners from the same spot. LUKA MAGIC.
Here’s the postgame podcast, Mavs Moneyball After Dark. If you can’t see the embed below “More from Mavs Moneyball”, click here. And if you haven’t yet, subscribe by searching “Mavs Moneyball podcast” into your favorite podcast app.