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Skip Bayless coins savage new nickname for Luka Doncic after Game 3 loss

Joshua Rogers May 23, 2022
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After the Mavs’ Game 3 loss to the Warriors recently, FS1 analyst Skip Bayless coined a rather savage nickname for Luka Doncic on Twitter. Here’s what he called him.

The Golden State Warriors beat the Dallas Mavericks in Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals on Sunday night, 109-100. The Warriors now have a commanding 3-0 series lead and, barring a small miracle, will play in the NBA Finals.

Dallas superstar Luka Doncic had a 40-point performance in Game 3 but sadly it wasn’t enough to take the win. After the game FS1 analyst Skip Bayless, who is notoriously harsh on Luka, went in once again.

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Skip Bayless’ savage new nickname for Luka Doncic

The Undisputed co-host has been one of Luka’s biggest critics in recent years, particularly over the Mavs star’s effort on the defensive end.

After the Game 2 loss, Skip tweeted: “Dallas lived and died by Luka tonight. Led by 19 because of Luka. Lost by 9 because Luka is such a liability on defense. Ever known a superstar who was as targeted and abused on defense as Luka?”

Luka did not have an especially bad night on defense in Game 3, but Skip was still not happy with what he was seeing.

Skip Bayless coined a new nickname for Luka Doncic, calling him Luka ‘Oncic’ because he has no ‘D’ (defense):

Skip’s other criticisms of Luka

Luka has drawn comparisons to LeBron James in recent seasons although Skip Bayless, who is a famous critic of LeBron, doesn’t seem to be having it. “Can’t jump, can’t run, below average shooter,” Bayless said of Luka in a recent episode of Undisputed.

Skip also criticised Luka after Game 2, calling him “Larry Bird on offense, Big Bird on defense”.

Wiggins has monster dunk over Luka in Game 3

While many fans will agree with Skip that Luka isn’t a defensive beast on the level of a Marcus Smart or Jrue Holiday, he’s not quite as bad as Bayless make out.

Luka had a decent defensive performance in Game 3 vs the Warriors. However, sadly for him he was on the wrong end of a monster jam by Andrew Wiggins.

With six minutes to go in the fourth quarter and Dallas down by eight points, Wiggins took the ball to the rim where a helpless Luka Doncic stood. Wiggins then threw down a monster jam that was originally called as an offensive foul. However, after review the call was overturned and the highlight play stood:

Game 2 of the series takes place on Tuesday night, which is a must-win for the Mavericks.

Will the Mavs be able to win a game in the series, or are the Warriors going to sweep them? Let us know what you think in the comments below!

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Joshua is a senior sports writer with over four years' experience in online writing. He graduated with a BA in Ancient History from The University of Manchester before receiving an MA in Sports Journalism from The University of Central Lancashire. He became a trending writer for a leading social publisher and later spent time covering the 2018 World Cup for The Mirror Online. He then moved to a social marketing agency where he acted as website editor. His specialties on The Focus include F1, tennis, NBA, NFL and combat sports.