Dallas Mavericks superstar Luka Doncic is only 23 years old, but he has seen it all on the basketball court. He played against older players during his youth before becoming a professional at 13. Doncic played for Real Madrid’s senior team at 16 years old, and he was already an experienced veteran before joining the NBA as a teenager.
Luka has incredible confidence and nothing is going to shake him. Teams try anything and everything to get him off his game. From double-teaming to trapping to blitzing, the opposition is willing to throw anything Luka’s way to slow him down, but there is one thing that never works.
The Pistons tried talking trash to Doncic on Monday night, and the 23-year-old responded with 53 points in his return from a sprained ankle to lift his team to a victory. It was clear that the chirping got him fired up, and Luka certainly got the last laugh. Here is a closer look at why teams cannot use trash talk to try to get under his skin.
Teams must realize they cannot talk trash to Luka Doncic
Pistons assistant coach Jerome Allen was chirping at Doncic throughout the game, but it was pumping him up. The Mavericks superstar scored 53 points on 17 of 24 shooting from the field, including hitting five 3-pointers. Fans could see Luka talking to the Pistons bench multiple times as he set the franchise record for most points in a regulation game. After the final buzzer, he made it clear that the trash talk motivated him and was anything but intimidating.
Doncic has been there before, and this is not the first time that some trash talk has spurred a massive performance. Fans have seen him go at Patrick Beverley, Devin Booker, Ivica Zubac, Marcus Morris, Bradley Beal, and others throughout his NBA career. Luka made it clear that enjoys the trash-talk during his postgame presser on Jan. 30.
There is plenty of trash talk on the court, and none of it phases Luka. Pistons head coach Dwane Casey classified it as “nothing” in his postgame presser, and he made it clear that Doncic does not need anything to get himself going. Luka has had plenty of monster games this season, but the chirping from the Pistons bench certainly gave him a little extra edge on Monday night.
There is no slowing down Luka Doncic. He is averaging 33.4 points, 8.9 rebounds, 8.3 assists, and 1.5 steals per game, despite playing just three minutes and failing to score after he injured his ankle in Phoenix on Jan. 26 and was unable to return to the game. LD is on another planet right now. He was named as an All-Star starter for the third time, and the 23-year-old is in the running for MVP.
The best is still yet to come from Doncic. Teams cannot talk trash to the Dallas Mavericks superstar, but it does not matter if they try. Luka is going to go off no matter what.