The performance Doncic provided was not to his usual standard. He recorded 14 points, 11 rebounds, and seven assists in just under 35 minutes of action. He shot 5-15 from the floor, 2-7 on 2-point field goals, and 1-4 on free throws with six turnovers.
There were pivotal shortcomings for Doncic in clutch time that featured two missed free throws and fouling out. He was unable to play the final 2:37 of regulation as a result.
Doncic admitted that he wasn't feeling 100 percent but made clear that he still had to play better. He feels he let down not only his teammates but Slovenia as a nation for being unable to win the game.
"I received an injection in the third quarter. I have been dealing with a lot this EuroBasket. But this is not the reason I played terrible. I let my team down. I let the whole country who was supporting us down. And also me. I need to look back on this game and get better," Doncic said
The level of competition in this year's EuroBasket impressed Doncic. Perhaps nothing exemplifies it more than a double-digit favorite entering a matchup ends up losing as was the case for Slovenia against Poland.
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"This EuroBasket was amazing to see. The games were unbelievable," Doncic said. "I'm sad we couldn't get through, but I think this EuroBasket was something else. It was a lot of amazing and great teams."
Doncic will have a quick turnaround before preparation for the 2022-23 NBA season begins. The Mavericks will begin to hold daily practices beginning on Sept. 27.
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