Dallas Mavericks superstar Luka Doncic had an off shooting night as Poland pulled the biggest upset of the tournament on Sept. 14. Slovenia fell behind early, and they fell just short as Poland ended their bid to repeat as EuroBasket champions in the quarterfinals with a 90-87 win in Germany.
Doncic had three straight 30-point games coming in, but he could not find his shot on Wednesday. He fished with a 14-point double-double, but the 23-year-old made just five of his 15 field goals and committed six turnovers. It was a rough night for Luka and Slovenia as Poland pulled the shocking upset.
Poland advances to play France in the semifinals on Friday as Slovenia is eliminated from the tournament. Luka and his country were favorites to repeat as EuroBasket champions coming into the game, but Poland ended their run with an impressive total team effort on Wednesday.
Luka Doncic has an off night as Slovenia falls to Poland in EuroBasket 2022 quarters
Poland dominated the first half as Slovenia could not get their shots to fall. Luka Doncic and company were letting that impact that on the defensive end. Poland got a ton of wide-open looks in transition, and they kept making Slovenia pay for their mistakes to take a 19-point advantage into halftime.
Luka and company charged back in the third quarter to cut the deficit to one, but Poland would not be denied. They do not have an NBA player on their roster, but the Polish played together and never gave up. Doncic was not getting calls in the EuroBasket quarters, and he let that impact his play. The Mavs superstar was yelling at referees instead of getting back on defense, and it was far from his best performance.
Luka appeared to be battling an injury throughout the game. He was limping around the court, but the 23-year-old will make zero excuses for the shocking loss. Doncic fouled out with three minutes remaining in an off night for the Mavericks superstar. He finished with 14 points, 11 rebounds, seven assists, one steal, and one block in 34.7 minutes of action. It was a rough night for number 77 as Slovenia was the victim of a shocking upset.
Luka Doncic will now take a bit of time off before the Dallas Mavericks begin training camp on Sept. 26. The 23-year-old superstar is the favorite to win NBA MVP this season, and he will look to lead the Mavs on another deep playoff run. Expect Doncic to take a minute to heal up after a grueling EuroBasket before getting back to work in Dallas.