Luka Doncic shares strong opinion on why his Mavs lost to Boston Celtics in Game 2

In a game that felt like the Mavericks were going to claim victory, the Boston Celtics swooped in and furthered their lead in the series.
2024 NBA Finals - Game Two
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Luka Doncic logged 32 points, 11 rebounds, and 11 assists for another triple-double added to his resume. It felt like one of those iconic performances from No. 77, but it only turned out to be a tough pill to swallow in the end.

Doncic and the Mavericks ended up losing 105-98 as the Celtics go up 2-0 in the series. The series now shifts to Dallas, and the hope for Jason Kidd's squad is that this will give the Slovenian native and his team confidence. After the game, he stated that turnovers and missed free throws were the difference maker.

"I think my turnovers and my missed free throws cost us the game," Doncic said
(h/t Fastbreak). "I’ve got to do way better in those two categories. At the end of the day, we've gotta make shots to win the game,"

The Dallas star went 4/8 from the charity stripe and threw away the ball eight times on the offensive end. Those kinds of stats have to hurt knowing the game ended in a seven-point differential.

The little things can make or break.

What's the good and bad news for Luka Doncic and the Mavericks?

There are pros and cons to this whole situation.

What are the pros, you may ask?

Well, as mentioned above, Doncic and his squad get to regroup and play at the American Airlines Center. The arena where they finished the regular season going 25-16. Those fans will be screaming their heads off as they push the hometown team to victory.

The cons?

The Celtics are riding high and all the guys are firing on all cylinders even if (arguably) their best player Jayson Tatum is not shooting the ball well. He's still able to contribute in other aspects of the game such as rebounding and playmaking.

Jrue Holiday was the leading scorer for the Celtics during Game 2 as he managed 26 points, 11 rebounds, and three assists.

Hearing those numbers out loud without saying the first and last name, it would be assumed that they belong to either Tatum or Jaylen Brown — that's not the case.

Joe Mazzulla's team is filled with a bunch of "bad dudes," not literally, but certainly on the court.

There's still so much basketball left to happen and it's anyone's game.

Play ball.