I do not 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 fouled and called his dramatics “The Luka Special”? Doncic: “Yeah.” What did you think of that? Doncic: “I do not really care. It’s all right. ”
Source: Callie Caplan, Brad Townsend @ Dallas Morning News

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Luka Doncic notes Phoenix #Suns looking at Dallas #Mavericks bench late in Game 5 loss (w / videos) # NBAPlayoffs2022 #NBAPlayoffs azcentral.com/story/sports/n… via @azcentral1:36 PM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Recent #Suns stories:
Booker distant 4th #NBA MVP voting https://t.co/xeZ1BVe8PJ
#Suns look to end chippy series in Game 6 https://t.co/8Fay5Xmh1m
‘The Luka special’: Devin Booker https://t.co/M4fv7NBdex
‘Everybody acts tough when they up’: Luka Doncic https://t.co/Id6iYPTwAu pic.twitter.com/t7WuYqBQCq1:32 PM

Brad Townsend @townbrad
Luka Doncic Q&A: Trash talk vs. Suns, MVP voting, Mavs’ keys to win Game 6 and more dallasnews.com/sports/maveric… – 1:22 PM

Callie Caplan @CallieCaplan
The full Luka Doncic Q&A this morning:
Trash talk vs. Suns, MVP voting, Mavs’ keys to win Game 6 and more dallasnews.com/sports/maveric… – 1:20 PM

Callie Caplan @CallieCaplan
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 @CallieCaplan
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: “Do not 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 pic.twitter.com/FQ9p37nbeO12:30 PM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
“There’s always intensity.” Luka Doncic on playoff basketball as #Mavs #Suns enter Game 6 in # NBAPlayoffs2022 pic.twitter.com/ndF9C8YqlH12:17 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. pic.twitter.com/00BGe0UqF311:54 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! pic.twitter.com/6I7WxMnRqq11:52 AM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Luka Doncic from halfcourt at #Mavs morning walkthrough. # NBAPlayoffs2022 pic.twitter.com/WhLCIE3afm11:50 AM

Callie Caplan @CallieCaplan
The Mavs are booing Luka Doncic at shootaround today… bc he’s too good. pic.twitter.com/Z4nVMM4AMr11:46 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:
es.pn/3yxZlxO – 10:41 AM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Devin Booker finishes distant 4th in #NBA MVP voting, but should start next season in conversation azcentral.com/story/sports/n… via @azcentral10:34 AM

Brad Townsend @townbrad
Where’s Playoff Luka? Facing elimination, Mavs need Doncic to rekindle postseason magic dallasnews.com/sports/maveric… – 10:27 AM

David Thorpe @coachthorpe
Writing this before tonight’s game in Dallas. I clearly missed on early Booker projections. Not that I did not like him. I just did not ever consider him much. Maybe it was the franchise he was on. Regardless, he deserved better for me. I think he’s incredible. A killer on court. – 9:05 AM

Todd Whitehead @CrumpledJumper
Looking at some of the ways Luka creates easy shots for his teammates. pic.twitter.com/HzXc6dMpAv12:36 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 pic.twitter.com/OMEcEMPtE710:41 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” (@Sam Smith), “Last of the Blue Water Hunters” (Carlos Eyles) & “Book of the Seven Seas” (Peter Freuchen) on.nba.com/3P9XsNz – 9:13 PM

Brad Townsend @townbrad
Where’s Playoff Luka? Facing elimination, Mavs need Doncic to rekindle postseason magic dallasnews.com/sports/maveric… – 7:53 PM

Callie Caplan @CallieCaplan
Mavericks ‘Luka Doncic finishes 5th in MVP voting, one spot behind Suns’ Devin Booker dallasnews.com/sports/maveric… – 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 pic.twitter.com/2Ob9rCrdSE6:47 PM

Callie Caplan @CallieCaplan
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. pic.twitter.com/rtNccIdPzF6:44 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 pic.twitter.com/6XPwoKzRgC6:41 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. pic.twitter.com/husNwbq9776:36 PM

Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Devin Booker finished 4th in MVP voting: pic.twitter.com/E1YJ1v51kb6:35 PM

Eddie Sefko @ESefko
Luka Doncic, Devin Booker, Chris Paul. Three stars at different points in their careers – all trying to rock the world. Check it out:
mavs.com/three-supersta… – 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. pic.twitter.com/vYpx3BagcQ4:16 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

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