Mavs 'got to figure out how to stop the bleeding' as Kidd disputes costly Doncic tech
Jason Kidd was hopeful Luka Doncic would have his one-game suspension overturned as the Dallas Mavericks work to "stop the bleeding" after a fourth straight defeat.
The Mavericks' past two losses have come against a 25-51 Charlotte Hornets team who looked to have shut down for the season.
And Sunday's 110-104 reverse, which left Dallas 11th in the West at 36-39, included a further costly setback.
Doncic received his 16th technical foul of the season after directing a profanity at an official following a correct no-call, meaning he is set to be banned for Monday's game at the Indiana Pacers.
The Mavs superstar had been the centre of attention following the previous game, too, outlining his "really frustrating" situation on a misfiring team.
Doncic responded with 40 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists, but his suspension now presents a problem for a team who cannot afford to throw away another game in an intense playoff chase.
"You're never going to replace him. It's going to take a group," coach Kidd said.
"It's 'next man up' mentality with Timmy [Hardaway Jr.] and look at [Jaden] Hardy and Josh [Green] participating and playing more minutes, [Justin] Holiday playing more minutes.
"But hopefully it's rescinded. I didn't think it was warranted, but we'll see what happens.
"If he is suspended, we have to move on with the next guy, so Timmy, coming back from the flu, was really good tonight, Holiday's minutes were positive, Maxi [Kleber] did a great job, a lot of great jobs.
"I thought Luka, again, being able to do what he did after his press conference... I thought he would have a big game and he did.
"It's just unfortunate we let these two games go. We've got to figure out how to stop the bleeding."