“Luka Doncic I Don’t Consider You a Scorer!”: Shaquille O’Neal Showered 6ft 7″ Mavericks Star With Praise Ahead of Celtics Matchup

Raahib Singh
|Published 06/01/2023

The Boston Celtics made their way to Texas and snapped the Mavericks’ seven-game win streak. Luka Doncic and the Mavericks were on an absolute tear as of late. However, it seemed like sickness hit the Dallas stride today.

During the game, Luka Doncic appeared to be coughing.

Without their 6ft 7″ guard providing the usual scoring punch, the Mavericks couldn’t gather enough points to match the 2022 Finalists. Celtics came up with six players scoring in double-digits and ran away with a 124-95 win.

The Mavericks next face the Pelicans on the second night of a back-to-back for them. Luka would hope to be back and healthy by then, so the team could register a win before they head on the road.

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Luka Doncic gets high praise from Shaquille O’Neal

Scoring is an important aspect of a basketball game. While every player tries to get the ball rolling, there are some players who make the same feel effortless. In the history of the game, there have been players like Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O’Neal, Kevin Durant, and more, who were known to be great scorers.

As of late, Luka Doncic has been climbing and trying to join those ranks as well.

Before tonight’s game against the Celtics, Luka was talking to Inside the NBA guys. Shaquille O’Neal turned to Luka and asked,

“Luka, Shaq here. I don’t consider you a scorer. I consider you a prolific scorer. When I was a prolific scorer, I used to tell myself, ‘I need to get 40, or I need to get 50.’ Do you go into the game with the same mentality, or do you let the game come to you?” 

Luka replied and talked about how he lets the game come to him and does whatever is needed to help his team get wins.

Well, coincidentally, scoring is what his team needs to help them win.

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Can Luka win MVP this season?

Luka Doncic has put the NBA on notice, ever since the start of the season. Even before the season kicked off, the NBA GMs expected Luka to win the MVP honors this year. So far, he’s been showing them why they thought the same.

He’s averaging 34.3 points, 8.8 rebounds, and 8.9 assists a game. The MVP ladder put out last week had Luka in the 3rd spot behind Nikola Jokic and Jayson Tatum. However, his performances in the last six games would surely change that. Luka has a fair shot at winning MVP as long as he stays healthy and keeps up his form.

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Raahib Singh

Raahib Singh

Raahib Singh is an NBA Editor at The SportsRush. A Computer Science Engineer by qualification, Raahib's passion for sports drew him toward TSR. He started playing basketball when he was 14, and fell in love with the sport ever since. His interest in the NBA developed at the same time as when Stephen Curry put the entire league on notice. Raahib was spellbound by Steph and the Warriors and has been a fan since. From starting off as a Warriors fan, Raahib has evolved into someone who can never miss a good game of basketball. He converts his love for the game and the knowledge he has gained into the articles he writes. In his spare time, he enjoys cricket, going for walks, and murder mysteries.

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