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Timberwolves called out for questionable decision in Game 3 loss to Mavericks

Chris Finch applauding

Nov 22, 2021; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Chris Finch in the second half against the New Orleans Pelicans at the Smoothie King Center. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

The Minnesota Timberwolves fell into a 0-3 hole Sunday in their Western Conference Finals series against the Dallas Mavericks. Several fans and media members pointed to one questionable decision that may have led to Minnesota’s Game 3 demise.

The Timberwolves lost 116-107 to the Mavs at American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. Luka Doncic, as he has done all series long, made several big plays in crunch time to seal the win for Dallas.

The Timberwolves sparingly double-teamed Doncic throughout the contest, which completely baffled some spectators on X.

Doncic didn’t have the most gaudy numbers in Game 3. The Slovenian finished with 33 points on 10/20 shooting to go along with 7 rebounds, and 5 assists. But he made several winning plays down the stretch that repeatedly burned Minnesota.

The Timberwolves were content to let Jaden McDaniels defend Doncic one-on-one for most of the contest. Minnesota apparently didn’t learn from leaving Doncic in isolation during the closing seconds of Game 2.

Barring any miraculous comebacks, the Mavericks appear destined to meet the Boston Celtics in the NBA Finals. The Celtics also lead their Eastern Conference Finals series 3-0 over the Indiana Pacers. Both the Mavericks and Celtics have yet to win an NBA championship in over a decade.

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