DALLAS – Mavericks superstar defender Luka Doncic will miss Saturday’s Game 1 against the Utah Jazz because of his strained left calf and significant concern remains about his possible match readiness. 2 on Monday, sources told ESPN.
Doncic has not trained since suffering an injury in the third quarter of the Mavs regular season finale on Sunday. He received extensive treatment and progressed to jogging on the treadmill during Thursday’s training session.
“He’s in good spirits and looks like he’s making progress,” said Mavs coach Jason Kidd.
Recovery time from calf strains varies based on factors including the severity and location of the injury. The average time that NBA players with a calf strain miss this season is 16 days, according to information compiled by InStreetClothes.com.
Mavs declined to determine Doncic’s stress level or state an estimated timetable for his return.
Doncic, a two-time all-NBA XI who has averaged 28.4 points, 9.1 rebounds and 8.7 assists per game this season, played despite the injury. injured in his previous two playoffs.
In 2020, Doncic was listed as a suspect in game 4 against the LA Clippers because of a sprained ankle and was not allowed to play until after his pregnancy. He had 43 points, 17 rebounds and 11 assists in the Mavs’ win over the Clippers, which he overcame with a winning 3-way pointer to beat the whistle.
In the 2021 Clippers series, Doncic suffered a neck strain in game 3, significantly limiting his neck’s range of motion. He struggled in Dallas’ Game 4 loss but came back with a 42-point performance, 8 rebounds, 14 assists in the Mavs’ Game 5 win.
There is concern that Doncic could worsen a calf strain, potentially sidelined for the rest of the knockout stages, if he returns before the injury is fully healed.
“If he was injured and couldn’t play, we wouldn’t have sent him out there to endanger him or put him in a situation that would make things worse,” Kidd said earlier this week.
https://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/33745273/dallas-mavericks-star-luka-doncic-miss-game-1-vs-utah-jazz-due-calf-strain-sources-say Sources say Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic missed Game 1 against the Utah Jazz due to calf strain