According to our sources, an MRI on Monday verified that Dallas Mavericks superstar Luka Doncic suffered a left calf strain in the team’s regular-season finale.
According to the source, there is no definite date for Doncic’s return. “No,” the source responded when asked if he may be ruled out of Game 1 of the team’s first-round playoff series against the Utah Jazz on Saturday. With 2:24 left in the third quarter of Sunday’s 130-120 triumph over the San Antonio Spurs, Doncic held his calf briefly after jumping to throw a ball and requested a timeout.
Doncic staggered to the locker room after a brief conversation with Casey Smith, the Mavs’ director of player health and performance. Because he was receiving post-game treatment, Doncic did not talk to the media on Sunday night. On Monday afternoon, a photo of Doncic wearing a protective boot on his left foot as he walked into the hospital with Smith before the MRI was shared on Twitter.
After Sunday’s game, Mavs guard Jalen Brunson stated, “For some reason, I feel like he’ll be ready to go.” “Knowing him as the competitor he is, I’m confident he’ll be prepared. It’s bad, but you can’t keep a rival like that down for long.” The Mavericks, who are seeded fourth in the Western Conference, had a day off Monday and will practise Tuesday before Coach Jason Kidd speaks to the media. This season, Doncic, a two-time first-team All-NBA honoree, averaged 28.5 points, 9.1 rebounds, and 8.7 assists per game.
He would have been suspended for the regular-season finale after receiving his 16th technical foul of the season in Friday’s thrashing of the Portland Trail Blazers, according to sources, but the NBA office overturned the technical on Saturday after a review.