Luka Doncic entered Thursday’s Olympic men’s basketball semifinal matchup with France having never suffered a loss in international play with Slovenia’s senior national team. That changed thanks to a familiar opponent.
Just as Nicolas Batum and the Clippers ended the Mavericks’ NBA season, Batum — and his game-saving block in France’s 90-89 win — put an end to Doncic’s gold medal hopes. Doncic, who was limited after hurting his wrist, still put up the first Olympic men’s triple-double since LeBron James in 2012. But the Mavs star was understandably devastated to suffer that first Slovenia loss.
That was where Batum came in with a classy show of sportsmanship.