It was a frustrating first half Friday night for the Dallas Mavericks, and it showed the most on star second-year player Luka Doncic.
Trailing the Western Conference-leading Los Angeles Lakers 73-56, Doncic hit the free-throw line for two shots with less than two minutes to play in the first half. The 20-year-old 2018-19 Rookie of the Year missed both attempts and responded by tugging his own jersey in disgust – except he pulled hard enough and long enough to rip it right down the middle, nearly to the numbers.
He was forced to play out the half in the tattered threads – certainly to Nike’s chagrin – but he emerged in the third quarter with a seemingly new No. 77 jersey.