Luka Doncic on Devin Booker’s ‘The Luka Special’ comment: I don’t really care… It’s all right

Luka Doncic on Devin Booker's 'The Luka Special' comment: I don't really care… It's all right

What’s the competitive dynamic in this series like between you, Chris Paul and Devin Booker? Luka Doncic: “It’s just, like I say, it’s playoffs. It’s always going to be like that, so it’s nothing new to me.” Did you see the clip of Booker after he got crowded and called his dramatics “The Luka Special”? Doncic: “Yeah.” What did you think of that? Doncic: “I don’t really care. It’s all right.”
Source: Callie Caplan, Brad Townsend @ Dallas Morning News

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet

Mavs game ops play Slovenian music when Luka Doncic comes out to warm up, and a couple of ’em are bangers PM

Brad Townsend @townbrad

Hate to name drop, but if you insist: Bubba Watson seemed to enjoy watching Doncic warm up. PM

Brad Turner @BA_Turner

76ers fans not happy after James Harden turns ball over and Bam Adebayo steals and goes in for a dunk and a 68-52 Heat lead. 76ers fans start to book the home team. – 8:46 PM

Callie Caplan @Callie Caplan

Luka after shootaround: “It’s actually funny because I think they’re letting me go to the stepback, so it feels easy. Normally when I do the stepback, it’s hard. I put more, like, effort in, so I got to go back to that…I’ve got to get down with my legs.”
Luka stepbacking now: PM

Eddie Sefko @ESefko

Can’t wait for 8:30? Here’s a little appetizer for Game 6 tonight at AAC with thought from Luka Doncic on the pressure and the fun of a potential elimination game.…6:49 PM

Kellan Olson @KellanOlson

When Dallas goes small tonight w/o Powell and puts more pressure on Paul/Booker, this is the Ayton the Suns need.
He actively seeks out screens and then takes two confident dribbles to get within hook shot range.
Short roll has been there all series. Should be again tonight. PM

Brad Townsend @townbrad

Luka Doncic was relaxed and conversational during his media availability this morning. I thought he said some interesting things, especially … PM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin

Luka Doncic Notes Phoenix #Suns looking at dallas #Mavericks bench late in Game 5 loss (w/videos) #NBAPlayoffs2022 #NBAPlayoffs… via @azcentral1:36 PM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin

Recent #Suns stories:
Booker remote 4th #NBA MVP voting

#Suns look to end chippy series in Game 6

‘The Luka special’: Devin Booker

‘Everybody acts tough when they up’: Luka Doncic p.m.

Brad Townsend @townbrad

Luka Doncic Q&A: Trash talk vs. Suns, MVP voting, Mavs’ keys to win Game 6 and more…1:22 p.m.

Callie Caplan @Callie Caplan

The full Luka Doncic Q&A this morning:
Trash talk vs. Suns, MVP voting, Mavs’ keys to win Game 6 and more…1:20 p.m.

Callie Caplan @Callie Caplan

In a series full with tension vs. the Suns, who’s the Mavs’ best trash talker?
Luka Doncic’s take: “Me? No. . Theo, probably. It’s not Boban, for sure. Maybe it’s Boban, but just against me.” – 12:47 PM

Tim MacMahon @espn_macmahon

Luka Doncic talked about the “butterflies in the stomach” before a potential elimination game. “I like that feeling,” he said. He has averaged 42 points, 8 rebounds and 12.5 assists in two elimination games, but Mavs lost both to Clippers. – 12:46 PM

Callie Caplan @Callie Caplan

Luka Doncic on Mavs’ film session after Game 5 blowout: “You have to watch when you do good stuff — and when you do bad stuff. I think the bad stuff is even more important. We watched mostly the bad part because it was mostly bad parts. … In the playoffs it’s how you respond.” – 12:37 PM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin

Luka Doncic on following:
Devin Booker’s “Luka Special” line: “Don’t really care.”
Finishing 5th in MVP voting: “I want to win a championship.”
His “everybody acts tough when they up” after Game 5: “When you’re up, everybody is trying to talk.” #Mavs #Suns #NBAPlayoffs2022 PM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin

“There’s always intensity.” Luka Doncic on playoff basketball as #Mavs #Suns enter Game 6 in #NBAPlayoffs2022 PM

Brad Townsend @townbrad

Doncic says “I like the feeling, the butterflies you get,” before big games, including potential elimination games. – 11:58 AM

Brad Townsend @townbrad

Doncic says that, of course, the Mavs watched tape of Game 5. Even the bad parts. “And there was a lot of bad” parts, he says. AM

Chris Herring @Herring_NBA

It’s always so refreshing to grab packages when you know there’s incredible stuff that’s been delivered. Have been waiting on this Biggie book, from @JustinTinsley. Am so excited to dig in. Congrats bro! AM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin

Luka Doncic from halfcourt at #Mavs morning walkthrough. #NBAPlayoffs2022 AM

Callie Caplan @Callie Caplan

The Mavs are booing Luka Doncic at shootaround today … bc he’s too good. AM

Dave McMenamin @mcten

Chris Paul is a fierce floor commander and Devin Booker is a cool scoring assassin, but the Phoenix Suns’ team personality comes out during a chaotic, sometimes goofy, but always fun pregame ritual.
My ESPN feature on the Suns’ hype-inducing huddle: AM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin

Devin Booker finishes distant 4th in #NBA MVP voting, but should start next season in conversation… via @azcentral10:34 AM

Brad Townsend @townbrad

Where’s Playoff Luka? Facing elimination, Mavs need Doncic to rekindle postseason magic…10:27 AM

David Thorpe @coachthorpe

Writing this before tonight’s game in Dallas. I clearly missed on early Booker projections. Not that I didn’t like him. I just didn’t ever consider him much. Maybe it was the franchise he was on. Regardless, he deserved better for me. I think he’s amazing. A killer we run. – 9:05 AM

Todd Whitehead @CrumpledJumper

Looking at some of the ways Luka creates easy shots for his teammates. AM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin

Devin Booker finished a distant fourth in the #NBA MVP voting as he received one second-place vote, eight third-place votes, 49 fourth-place votes and 22 fifth-place votes.
Chris Paul got two fifth-place votes. #Suns PM

Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU

Most 40-point games, last 4 postseasons:
– Giannis Antetokounmpo (now 7)
– Luka Doncic, Kevin Durant (6)
– Devin Booker, Jimmy Butler, Kawhi Leonard, Donovan Mitchell, Jamal Murray (4)
– Damian Lillard (3)
– James Harden, Ja Morant, Jayson Tatum (2) – 9:53 PM

Wade Baldwin @The_Fourth_Wade

I hear slack everytime I say it!!!!!! Jrue holiday is a top 5 pg in the nba. Steph, dame, Luka, Cp3, Jrue holiday – 9:51 PM

J. Michael Falgoust @ThisIsJMichael

You know you excuse makers who try to discredit other players’ championships to uplift your team/favorite players when they lose: when you’re made of championship stuff, you get it done. Series far from over but see Milwaukee minus Middleton and Phoenix w/o Booker – 9:42 PM

Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina

Klay Thompson’s recent reading list: “The Breaks of the Game” (David Halberstam) “Young, Black, Rich and Famous” (Todd Boyd), “Hard Labor” (@SamSmith), “Last of the Blue Water Hunters” (Carlos Eyles) & “Book of the Seven Seas” (Peter Freuchen) PM

Brad Townsend @townbrad

Where’s Playoff Luka? Facing elimination, Mavs need Doncic to rekindle postseason magic…7:53 PM

Callie Caplan @Callie Caplan

Mavericks’ Luka Doncic finishes 5th in MVP voting, one spot behind Suns’ Devin Booker…7:07 PM

StatMuse @statmuse

Stat leaders among the top 5 MVP finalists:
PPG — Embiid
RPG — Jokic
APG — Luka
SPG — Jokic
BPG — Embiid
FG% — Jokic
+/- — Booker PM

Callie Caplan @Callie Caplan

Luka Doncic: Year 4, No. 5 in MVP voting behind Nikola Jokic, Joel Embiid, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Devin Booker.
Luka and Booker both got 1 second-place vote but Booker got 8 third-place votes to Luka’s 0. PM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin

“We’re going to be ready. I just know we are.”
Mikal Bridges when asked his reaction to Luka Doncic saying “everybody acts tough when they up.” while leaving the court after #Mavs Game 5 loss to #Suns in Phoenix. #NBAPlayoffs2022 PM

Jared Weiss @JaredWeissNBA

Jayson Tatum finished 6th in MVP voting, between Luka Doncic and Ja Morant. Tatum only got 4th and 5th place votes. PM

Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet

Devin Booker finished 4th in MVP voting: PM

Eddie Sefko @ESefko

Luka Doncic, Devin Booker, Chris Paul. Three stars at different points in their career — all trying to rock the world. Check it out:…4:33 PM

Kevin O’Connor @KevinOConnorNBA

The Suns are targeting Luka Doncic as a screener defender 24.6 times per game this series, per @SecondSpectrum. That’s the most of any non-big this postseason and up from 9 with the Mavericks this regular season. PM

Kevin O’Connor @KevinOConnorNBA

Mavericks field goal percentages on passes by Luka Doncic this series:
Game 1: 47.6% (10/21)
Game 2: 42.1% (8/19)
Game 3: 52.9% (9/17)
Game 4: 60% (12/20)
Game 5: 25% (3/12)
That’s via @SecondSpectrum. Low attempts and low percentage in Game 5 not a good formula for success. – 3:45 PM

More on this storyline

Anthony Slater: Stephen Curry screaming at the Warriors bench after that steal on Ja Morant in crunch time: “Locked that s—up, boy. I locked that s—up.” -via Twitter @anthonyVslater / May 1, 2022 Christopher Hine: Malik Beasley: “We honestly think it should be 4-1 right now. We should be staying just like Golden State. We made some mistakes. We’re a young team. We got to learn from it and bounce back.” -via Twitter @ChristopherHine / April 28, 2022 NBA Central: “F*ck the talk” – Rudy Gobert Twitter @TheNBACentral / April 23, 2022


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