Luka Doncic, Kyrie Irving and Mavericks eliminated from playoff contention after losing to Bulls, NBA fans react with ridicule

The Mavericks are now out of playoff contention after a devastating 115-112 loss to the Bulls on Friday night. Dallas could have grabbed the No. 10 seed if they could win the final two games and the Oklahoma City Thunder lost to the Memphis Grizzles, albeit with their loss yesterday the Thunder successfully included their name in the play-in round.

Four of the top eight players of the Mavs including Kyrie Irving, Tim Hardaway Jr., Maxi Kleber, and Christian Wood were out of the court from the beginning and Luca Donic was initially given the green signal to play, albeit he too was out of the field at the end of the first quarter after only being featured in the opening frame.

After the match, the Mavs’ coach Jason Kidd disclosed it was the decision of the franchise’s owner Mark Cuban and general manager Nico Harrison to rest the players in the game and he too seemed quite disappointed over the fact.

Mavs fans slammed the Mavericks team for the intentional loss

Fans are more furious at the Mavs management’s sudden decision late Friday morning to sit out the five key players in such a crucial match and expressed their outrage over social media by blaming Cuban and the team for a predetermined loss.

A fan tweeted he had been a fan of the Mavs for 30+ years, got detached from his family for his crazy love toward the team, and now with the devastating performance of Dallas, his long support just ended in smoke.

Some users were claiming the league to investigate the Mavs for intentionally losing the match.

Many fans were also trolling the Mavericks player with memes.

A user sarcastically tweeted Kyrie requested a trade just to go to a team that didn’t even make the Play In.

However, many fans also came in support of Kyrie saying the 31-year-old did his best and it was Cuban to sit him out.

With the Mavericks out of the playoff race, the NBA playoffs will undoubtedly see a shift in dynamics as one of the league’s most exciting young teams will be absent. Meanwhile, fans continued to react with disbelief and ridicule over their disappointing season and missed playoff opportunity.

As the playoffs continue, fans eagerly await to see which team will ultimately be crowned the 2023 NBA champion.

Do you also think that it was a predetermined plan to lose the match? You can share your thoughts with us in the comments.


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Maliha works as a content writer in Sportszion specializing in NFL and NBA. She has completed her graduation and post-graduation, majoring in MIS (Management Information Systems). She loves analyzing sports and keeping fans updated with the latest sport buzzes.


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