Luka Doncic Is FRUSTRATED! This Is Why

Objavljeno 15. apr. 2021
The NBA is buzzing right now over this unbelievable one handed floater from downtown for the win at the buzzer.
However even with this miraculous win, the Mavs are still in the play in zone. And the format itself is actually completely changed for this year.
And Luka Doncic is not happy about it at all. Let me explain. What up everybody my name is Stefan and this is Heat Check. Let’s get into it.
Going over the tournament changes first, last year the 8 and 9 seed which were the Blazers and the Grizzlies were within 4 games of each other so they faced off before the playoffs.
Portland as the better seeded team had the advantage of needing just 1 win, while Memphis needed 2 in a row. Dame and CJ sealed the deal in the first game and got in the playoffs.
This season tho, the teams that are 7 through 10 will have a play in regardless of if they’re more or less than 4 games in the standings.
Also, contrary to popular belief, the games will not be played like this. 7 vs 10 and 8 vs 9.
Not at all. The NBA made this super complicated so let me give you a practical example as if the play-in started today.
Actually the format is such that 7 plays 8 and 9 plays 10 in a single elimination game.
The winner of the higher seeded matchup will go straight to the playoffs as number 7.
The loser however will get a second chance as an award for their better record than the bottom 2 squads.
And speaking of them 9 and 10 will battle and the team that fails in this game is eliminated and goes home, while the winner plays another deciding game against the team that lost in that higher seeded matchup. And then finally the better team gets the last place in the playoffs.
I promise you’re not getting a better explanation anywhere online, so if you’re still confused, blame the NBA and just re-watch this video. Ok let’s now get to Luka.
Recently in a postgame interview Doncic voiced his frustration and disagreement with how the format is set up.
Mark Cuban was quick to support his star player and this point of view with his own remarks calling the tournament an enormous mistake and saying that it doubles the stress that players and teams are already feeling because of the compressed schedule.
Now look, on 1 side it’s great for both us the fans, that we get to see some extra drama even before the playoffs. That Portland vs Memphis game last year was crazy.
Also, it gives bottom teams something to play for instead of resorting to tanking in the second half of the season. Look at this. In the east the 13 place Cleveland are just 2 games out of it right now. They have a lot to fight for.
But on the other hand, I do understand Luka and you can’t give a 10 seed that big of a chance to where they could suck for the entire season, but then win 2 in a row and go straight to the playoffs.
Anyway, it’s clear that these are just measurements that are implemented to combat the shortened schedule and everything else that happened in this unprecedented situation.
I’m sure that when all this settles and we have a full and normal season, the league would be able to find a sustainable solution that’s gonna be fair for all teams that are in playoff contention.
Until then, you’ll have to live with my explanation of the format. That’s it for now, subscribe and talk to you in the next one. Peace out.


  • Thanks HEAT Check. Really Informative.

  • If you look at the current standings: East: 10th is only 3 wins behind 8th. West: 10th has equal amount of wins compared to 8th. So if 10th now manages to win 2 games at the play in, I think they have deserved their spot in the playoffs.

  • 72 to 82 regular season games on top of play-in tournament. That’s too many games. If the team plays 72 to 82 games and they did not make it, then they are not ready for the playoffs. No excuses. 72 to 82 games is too many. If every NBA team plays a home & away game, then that means there will be 58 regular season games rather than 72 or 82. Because 29 home + 29 away game = 58 games. The reason why the NBA does not shorten the season is because of money. If they do decide to shorten the season, give more days for players to rest and recover, then i think that would result every player will have to take a pay cut to cover the revenue losses. That’s why they don’t want to shorten the season. Or maybe expand the league from 30 teams to 36 teams. So that means 35 home games + 35 away games = 70 games. Or maybe expand the league to 42 teams so 41 home games + 41 away games = 82 games. So, which would you rather? 58 games? 72 games with expanding to 36 teams in the league? Or 82 games with expanding to 42 teams in the league? Note that if the NBA decides expand the league, then that means I think players will have to take a pay cut to fund it to make it happen. Because if the NBA expand the league, that means more players and that means more salaries the league has to pay.

  • How is the playin tournament hard to understand?😂

  • hahahahaahh people from india, The playin format is the same as IPL playoffs. IPL is basicaly biggest cricket league in the world. haha thas kinda funny ngl

  • Playoffs are playoffs? If you lose you, go home. Always been the spirit of it. Big games have more on the line. If you are a true star, you go out there and win those.

  • Loving lukas why so serious shirt dark knight greatest movie of all time

  • Hloestefyn

    • Okty

    • But also that way is dumb

    • So if U do drink...that way it doesnt fuare mom instead of something funny

    • Yes I think even if 6 spot thats what is 5 for half oace mistake lace to be In 3 or 2 for 2nd year if chancllanged

    • Ok I hear (the) vpise

  • Brandineww

  • awesome explanation !

  • Who does the one handed floater better, Luka or Heat Check

  • stefan, r u polish?

  • Kako si Stefan

  • One of the best NBA content youtube channels right now

  • Love the play in regardless of losing 1 and ur out that what makes college ball exciting

  • This playin stuff is real cool

  • He shoots bricks from 3 thats why he frustrated

  • Nah they winging case they have too play better an get a better overall rank. The NBA made this perfect.


  • He’s just frustrated that the Warriors will beat him

  • Im pretty sure that this is how it works in the IPL

  • He ain’t Dirk

  • So there is no advantage of being a 7th seed over a 8th seed, and that of being a 9th seed over a 10th seed.

  • What th happened to Mark Cuban?? He looks like he aged 10years!

  • The man gets technical fouls for breathing

  • Damn, the ending of this video gave me a wide smile! Thank you.

  • Dude it's not that confusing honestly

  • Nrl does this ifykyk

  • why saying it just now why dont NBA explain everything before season starts, so itll be fair for everyone this way 7th seed will feel cheated as they might think they r safe and 10th seed wouldve make some moves maybe to go to playoffs on trade deadline but they didnt know they had the chance

  • Playins were pretty simple to understand. Idk how people are too stupid to understand the format 😂

  • That would was actually really well explained

  • i do think there should be a play-in tournament. i just don’t like the format of the play-in tournament. if you’re below anything past 7 then it should be 8-11 fighting for that spot. 7th seed shouldn’t have to fight to keep their spot when they’re not dead last in the conference. that’s just my thoughts though.

  • NBA borrowing Tournament rules from Esports lol why

  • The nba should make each play in series like last year's where the lower seed has to win twice to advance. Thus the 10 seed has to win 4 straight to make the playoffs

  • I dont know what Adam Silver was thinking on this one. A 10th seed dont deserve to leap frog a potential 2 whole seedings off of 2 wins. Im starting to buy into the whole idea that this is to give Zion a realistic chance at making the playoffs........ Also if a team is going all in on a tank job theyre not even going to be close to a 10 seed, Cleveland may be 2 games out but that is a seriously dysfunctional organization. Imagine Silver saying, Congrats Cavs you scrapped your way to the 10th seed won 2 games and now you have won the right to play the Sixers or Nets in a 7 game series...........

  • Basically ipl playoffs (they are in this manner)

  • that was not really complicated o.o

  • superb floater

  • wtf.. so you can do nothing whole season and win last 2 game and get into playoffs? for real?

  • I'm on the fence about the play in tournament tbh. It was drama filled in the bubble but only really because Portland was one of the teams everyone had more respect for what they could possibly do if they got in the playoffs. This season it doesn't really seem like that is the case. Even a dubs fan like me can admit that they very best they can hope to do is win their way through the play in and get bounced in the first round. That prospect isn't enough to really motivate the likes of Green and Curry nor is it really the sort of experience that will do much to develop the younger players. The team in the end is still left in the middle of nowhere and the same is true for the other potential play in teams. The Mavs should they stay at the 7th seed are unlikely to get past the first round, The Grizzlies are young and exciting but still years away from really making any noise in the post season and Spurs are really in the middle of a full rebuild. The East is perhaps even worse, there are like 2 teams with a real shot and winning the conference 76s and Nets and everyone else is praying for luck.

  • When the league was on lock out, they didn't do this. It was also shortened. Completely unfair for 7 and 8 seed. Just deal with the seed you will end up with and with the number of games given to you to reach it. This play-in thing is stupid.

  • He should join nikola in denver

  • Napravi video za malog Pokuševskog )))

  • i mean everyone already knew the rules before hand, they're just mad that they have to do a play in game, but everyone is playing by the same rules so who cares. its one thing if you were blindsided but everyone knew the rules before the season started so whats with the complaining lol

  • Nahh he is just mad at the fact that Ashley Moyer flirted with Dwight Howard

  • I got it the first time you explain it. It's similar to Dota 2 Upper and Lower Bracket format.

  • When You buy Luka floater from Wish

  • Just look at all the injuries, Luka is right.

  • They should only do it for the 8th seed. Not 7th

  • Play in tournament format is exactly how my highschool basketball sports tournament was run damn

  • Sucks that a team that didn't peform all that well has that a high of a chance to get to the playoffs.

  • This is a winner's/losser's bracket format. Known to gamers across the world

  • 1. Educational video as always! Explaining things as concise as possible! 2. Imagine being a top NBA player and still nailbiting just like everyone else haha

  • The explanation of the bracket was easy to understand, but I’d also say it’s not as complicated as it may seem. Really, it’s a Winner’s and Loser’s bracket. The loser of the R1 Winner’s match feeds into R2 Loser’s bracket and plays the winner of R1 Loser’s

  • 1:39 This system reminds of IPL

  • Bro Your floater was horrible !

  • The team with the lower seed has to win 2 games if I'm not mistaking

  • It's for the better

  • im pissed that this channel is underated every vids deserved to get atleast 800k views and this channel must hit 1 million by now .

  • Is the higher seed twice to beat? Or just once?

  • I love the explanation..

  • can you talk about devin Booker??

  • Excellent break down as always

  • Why wouldnt just no 8 play vs winner from 9vs10

  • Dont tell us all the time that we can (have to) subscribe! WE KNOW THAT!!!!! We know the subscription bottom!

  • luka being caught biting his nails

  • The play in is the best change made in the NBA since the addition of the 3 point line, and should stay, every year. The excitement of one game that all the season depends on, is very nice. It's much more inreresting than a boring 7 game series in the first round, between a strong no. 1 and a no.8. The regular playoffs start lame.. and this addition fixes that, start with a bang.

  • its not complicated. if your 7 or 8 just win 1 to advance while 9 and 10 must win twice.

  • Personally I feel like the "first round" of the play-in tournament is ok as is, but the "second round" for the last play off spot should be set up like last year: the winner of the "upper bracket" (7th vs 8th in the standings) needing only 1 game to advance while the team coming out of the "lower bracket" needing 2 wins in a row. Either that or simply make it a 3 game series.

  • You got your LUKA one hand shot in.

  • Warriors are scary in this play-in

  • ur #1 fan from manila

  • Shortened season, Rough schedule and then if you're in the play in tournament, that will be another rough sched. If theres no play in, then it is a rest day for the playoffs tho.

  • Wow Mark Cuban got OLD.

  • Why is that? The season is long enough to determine who goes to the playoffs. For me it doesn’t make any sense

  • I'm a Wizards fan so I like this play-in tournament that they added. Some of our games were cancelled and some of our players missed games because of health and safety protocols. We have a lot of new role players this year and it didn't help us develop chemistry on the court. That's one of the reason why we suck most of the year. Now we're one game behind 10th seed and have a chance to sneak in the play-in tournament before the season ends.

  • Dropped a like solely for the play-in explanation. Spot on.

  • Basically, it has a upper and lower bracket match ups, if the team in the upper bracket loses, they go down to the lower bracket. The 2 lower bracket teams will have a match up and whoever wins will face the team that came from upper bracket. This kind of system is common in E-Sports.

  • Esports people knew all this crazy losers winners brackets bro haha.

  • Ah is this the same Luka Doncic who came into the season out of shape?

  • This is IPL playoffs now😂😂

  • Since you cut the Video at the end: How many tries did you need to make that floater?

  • This is a double bracket format. It's very common in fighting games tournaments. Your explanation is good

  • I think the loser of 7v8 should get twice to beat advantage over winner of 9v10. At least give an advantage to the team that actually got into the top8. Coz what if no.7 finished w/ 42 wins and lost their playoff spot to no.10 that only won 34 coz 10 just so happened to have consecutive games of hot shooting.

  • That was a nice floater at the end

  • All because of china

  • Ok the problem is a 20 win team in the east will play in the playoffs

  • Just tell me how did you explain it that easy

  • Just tell me how did you explain it that easy

  • Double elimination mini tournament is the most fair but the problem is the "single elimination game", those should probably rather be bo3s IMO

  • How is that play in format confusing? It’s literally how AFL finals are done

  • You scared me for a moment

  • It's like IPL playoffs

  • I see know why Lakers are resting their big players.

  • Best solution for Tanking is removed the lottery all have chance to get no. 1 since they implemented 1 to 6 safe in the playoff why don't they try, a step ladder instead. 14 vs 15 the elimination then winner will meet no. 13 then no. 12 and so on. Just like bowling. Then the 7 8 9 then 10 to 15 who ever wins go on the pay in tournament. More games more profit no tanking

  • lucka doncic horrible pun yes

  • Luka is soft. Just win more games. Gotta be better!

  • Funny thing is he didn't say any of this when his team was 11th early in the season lol

  • If you know IPL.....u know the format

  • Luka and Cuban are frustrated of the play-in format because they currently 7th seed. I bet they would be very happy with the play-in if they are currently in the 10th place.