The Dallas Mavericks were knocked out in the first round of the playoffs by the LA Clippers. Luka Doncic was incredible, but his supporting cast did not produce enough to get Dallas into the second round. The early postseason exit paved the way for Luka to play for his national team.
The 22-year-old superstar led Slovenia to a dominating performance in the Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Lithuania. They won all four of their games by double-digit points. Luka capped it off with a masterful performance against fellow NBA All-Star Domantas Sabonis and Lithuania to secure Slovenia’s place in the Olympics. It is the first time the country has qualified for the game.
The Olympics begin with the opening ceremonies on July 23. The 12-team basketball tournament starts the following day. Slovenia is in Group C with Spain, Argentina, and Japan. Here is a look at their full schedule.
Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic and Slovenia’s Olympic schedule
Group game 1: vs. Argentina, July 25 at 11:40 p.m. CT
Group game 2: vs. Japan, July 28 at 11:40 p.m. CT
Group game 3: vs. Spain, Aug. 1 at 3:20 a.m. CT
Quarterfinals*: vs TBA, Aug. 3 at TBA
Semifinals*: vs. TBA, Aug. 5 at TBA
Bronze medal game*: vs. TBA, Aug. 7 at 6:00 a.m. CT
Gold medal game*: vs. TBA, Aug. 6 at 9:30 p.m. CT
*Slovenia must qualify to play in those games.
Luka and Slovenia must finish in the top two in their group to advance to the quarterfinals. The two best third-place teams also advance to fill the eight-team single elimination bracket. If they qualify, Slovenia needs to win their quarterfinal to Aug. 3 to play for a medal.
Luka Doncic has never lost when playing for the Slovenian Senior National Team. They won the championship in EuroBasket in 2017 with the teenager making the All-Tournament team. Luka also led them to four victories in the Olympic Qualifying Tournament this year. Slovenia will be a medal favorite in Tokyo with Doncic running their offense.
Dallas Mavericks fans will have to stay up late or wake early to catch Luka’s games in the Olympics. Free agency kicks off on Aug. 2, so supporters will have plenty to watch for in the weeks ahead. Do not miss it.