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”A party to remember. The boozing ended at 5 AM” - Luka Doncic and team Slovenia reportedly pulled an all-nighter before their dramatic loss to Poland

A little party never killed nobody?
Slovenian guard Luka Doncic

Luka Doncic

No one saw Spain winning Eurobasket, given all the injuries the team had to deal with. But still, the most dramatic moment of the tournament happened when Poland defeated Slovenia in the quarterfinals. There was a lot of speculation trying to explain the shocking defeat, and now a report came out telling a story that's starting to develop a pattern with Luka Doncic and the Slovenian national team.

A hungover defeat

Slovenia didn't just lose against Poland - they were demolished. Yes, there was a dramatic comeback in the fourth quarter, but their performance overall was appalling. 

Yet again, Luka Doncic spent more time arguing with refs than running back on defense and fouled out late in Q4 - one of his five fouls was a technical personal foul for complaining, which in Eurobasket, counts towards a player's overall foul count. A Bosnian basketball website, Bhbasket, reported a story that, if true, explains the poor performance from Luka & Co. 

Our sources in Berlin revealed that the players on team Slovenia had a party to remember the night before their game with Poland. The boozing ended at 5 AM.

It was apparent the Slovenians didn't take Poland seriously enough, and it appears that attitude started long before tipoff. The most concerning part of this story for any fan of team Slovenia is that this isn't the first time Luka & Co. were acting like it was the offseason. 

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Slovenians will move on from this quickly, but it will take a lot longer for Dallas fans to embrace Luka's attitude towards fitness. Off-court dietary discipline has never been a forte of players from this neck of the woods, and don't expect that to change. If you're hoping to see kale smoothies and chicken breast with steamed veggies on Luka's IG story, I got bad news for you. 

Just embrace the fact that with the no-look passes, step-back threes, and wild finishes under the rim come the occasional all-nighter and a pregame/postgame beer or two. 

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