Following a pivotal moment in Game 3 of the NBA Finals, Kyrie Irving offered words of encouragement to teammate Luka Doncic after he fouled out.

As the Mavericks faced a crucial juncture in the game, Doncic fouled out with just four minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, leaving his team trailing by a narrow margin.

Irving, who delivered a 35-point performance for the Mavericks, was asked about his reaction to Doncic’s departure from the game.

“You just let it breathe a little bit, let the human emotions come out and just give him a hug. That’s it, man,” Irving expressed, highlighting the importance of empathy and connection in challenging moments.

Acknowledging the challenges inherent in high-stakes basketball, Irving stressed the need for understanding and unity within the team.

“It’s easy to point the finger at just him and say ‘You could be better.’ That’s easy to say,” Irving continued, emphasizing the need for collective support and solidarity.

Despite the outcome of the game and the adversity faced by Doncic, Irving reaffirmed his belief in the Mavericks’ collective strength and resilience.

“We just got to wash our hands with his and get ready for Game 4,” Irving remarked.