- Hassan Whiteside became the latest victim of a Luka Doncic flop
- Fans are taking to social media to defend Whiteside following his ejection
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Luka Doncic’s acting skills were on display once again in the NBA playoff action.
In the Mavs’ 25-point blowout of the Utah Jazz, the European star got into a tussle with Hassan Whiteside. The altercation led to benches clearing on both sides, some pushing and shoving, and a pair of ejections.
Late in the contest, with Dallas leading big, Doncic attempted to put Whiteside on a poster with an emphatic slam dunk. The jam didn’t go quite as planned for the Mavs star.
Not only does Doncic travel while trying to get a little extra elevation from the floor, but he’s subsequently stuffed by the Utah defender. A foul was called but it looks like Whiteside got all ball on this block.
Watch it all unfold below.
Things getting chippy after after Hassan Whiteside had a hard foul on Luka 👀
Reggie Bullock and Whiteside were both ejected pic.twitter.com/HqzgZ0pg45
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) April 26, 2022
After getting embarrassed at the rim, Doncic then falls to the ground while holding onto Whiteside’s arms. In Whiteside’s attempt to untangle himself from Luka’s grasp, Doncic smacks the floor.
That’s when the pushing and shoving begins, even as Whiteside is trying to help Doncic off the court. The tussle wound up getting the Jazz defender ejected, but fans aren’t about to let Doncic get away with yet another egregious flop.
Fans Thrash Luka Doncic For Another Flop
Doncic, being from overseas, brings that soccer-style, flare for the dramatic approach to his game. While he’s budding into one of the league’s young stars, his antics have grown old for most viewers outside of Dallas.
I like Luka but my dude is an actor my goodness. Flop city.
— Jonny Linehan (@jlinehan9) April 23, 2022
Here’s the reaction to his latest flop on social media.
Uh… Whiteside did not do anything wrong.
Went up vertically, came down clean, Luka held on to him and then threw a tantrum.
— Jonathan Tavernari (@For3JT) April 26, 2022
Sorry but Luka wasn't gonna dunk that on an 8-foot rim.
Not sure why he hung on for dear life. Whiteside did nothing wrong.
— Vic Lombardi (@VicLombardi) April 26, 2022
Luka when he realized he couldn’t dunk on Whiteside. pic.twitter.com/JL6TBD1B79
— Steve Tate (@tate28) April 26, 2022
Lol Hassan Whiteside didn’t do anything. Looked like Luka flopped after the foul. 😂
— James Boyd (@RomeovilleKid) April 26, 2022
Hassan Whiteside actually didn't do anything lmao Luka was .00001 seconds away from getting his help to get up
— William D. Hendrix (@SpecificNY) April 26, 2022
Tbh, Whiteside did nothing wrong there. Luka grabbed him otw down and decided to make this bigger than it needs to be
— Ry (@RyMichail) April 26, 2022
If we are being honest… there wasn’t much there between Luka and Whiteside
— RC Maxfield (@RCMB323) April 26, 2022
Luka held onto Whiteside like my 2 year old trying to tackle me lol.
— Half Court Hoops (@HalfCourtHoops) April 26, 2022
The fans have caught on to Doncic’s style of play. Hopefully the NBA officiating crews will, too, so we can avoid these unnecessary outbursts.