Luka Doncic was feeling the love from his favorite fan this week prior to Wednesday’s opener of the Western Conference Finals.
Taking to Instagram on Monday, one day after the Mavericks destroyed the Suns in Game 7 of their second-round series, Doncic’s longtime girlfriend, Anamaria Goltes, posted a selfie from Arizona as she modeled a Dallas T-shirt with the guard’s jersey number, 77.
Captioning the snap with a blue heart, Doncic, 23, later replied to Goltes’ post by dropping a red heart instead, according to a screenshot from Sideaction.com.
Despite Goltes’ supportive message, Doncic and the Mavericks dropped Game 1 against the Warriors, 112-87. Doncic finished the game with 20 points, seven rebounds, and four assists, while turning the ball over seven times.
“I gotta be better, that’s not me. I gotta be better for the whole group,” Doncic said postgame.
Doncic and the Mavericks will have the opportunity to even the series with Game 2 on Friday night.
Should Goltes be in attendance for tipoff, it’s likely she’ll be sporting custom Doncic gear, much like she’s done throughout the playoffs. The fashion and lifestyle creator modeled a cozy hoodie last month that featured Doncic’s number in a blue heart, as well as a denim jacket with 77 stitched into the material.
Goltes and Doncic have been an item for several years, with the two even crossing paths during their childhood.
“I answered this question like a million times. We met when we were 12 years old at the seaside in Croatia,” Goltes explained during an Instagram Q&A in 2020.
“Fun fact: We still have the same group of friends we had at that time. You keep the real ones, am I right?”
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