NBA Rumor: Luka Doncic Injury
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Luka Doncic 'good to go' despite reported illness
A source told The Dallas Morning News on Friday afternoon that Luka Doncic is “good to go” despite the comments from TNT play-by-play broadcaster Kevin Harlan after Doncic’s Game 1 struggles on Wednesday night. Doncic, like the rest of his team, endured a poor shooting performance in the Western Conference finals opener. He scored 20 points and shot 33.3% from the floor, his lowest marks this postseason.
Harlan, who will do play-by-play for broadcast throughout this series, said an illness may have compounded Doncic’s issues. “I hear he’s sick today,” Harlan told KNBR’s Greg Papa and John Lund on Thursday (via NBC Sports). “I guess he was up most of the night and ill. I’ve heard it now from two different people, so I’m assuming it’s probably true.”
Vincent Goodwill: Looks like Luka Doncic’s left thigh is wrapped up before Mavericks practice begins. He started limping a bit in the second half
Marc Stein: Luka Doncic “came out clean” from his Game 4 return, Mavs coach Jason Kidd says. No specifics provided on Game 5 minutes restrictions. More NBA from me: marcstein.substack.com
Luka Doncic will play in Game 4
Brad Townsend: Luka Doncic will play, Kidd says.
Luka Doncic upgraded to probable for Game 4
Increasing optimism that Luka Doncic will play in Game 4 in limited role
Adrian Wojnarowski: There’s increasing optimism Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic will play vs. Utah in Game 4 today, sources tell ESPN. The plan is that his minutes will be limited in his first game back since suffering a calf strain on April 10.
Marc Stein: Luka Dončić (calf) will be cleared to play in today in Utah after one last pre-game check, sources say, and with a likely minutes restriction after missing the first three games of the series. More series coverage from me via @BallySportsSW Full column: marcstein.substack.com/p/luka-doncic-…
Luka Doncic officially questionable for Game 4
Mark Followill: On the just released injury report for Game 4 tomorrow (330p CDT, BSSW), the Mavs are again listing Luka Doncic as questionable. Also Frank Ntilikina who recently had a tonsillectomy and has been out for the opening three games has been upgraded to questionable.
Luka Doncic not sure if he's going to play in Game 4
Jason Kidd optimistic Luka Doncic returns for Game 4
Callie Caplan: Jason Kidd on Luka Doncic’s Game 4 prospects: “Optimistic? That’s a good word. … He’s going in the right direction.” Emphasized Mavs’ 2-1 series lead without Luka doesn’t influence his outlook to return.
Jason Kidd on Luka Doncic: We're gonna be cautious with his injury
Tim MacMahon: Jason Kidd on Luka Doncic: “He continues to progress, but as we’ve said from the start, we’re going to be cautious with his injury. Sitting him tonight fits with that.”
Brad Townsend: Quin Snyder, asked if Jazz prepared to face Doncic in G3, says “that’s been an undercurrent throughout the series,” then notes the difficulty of facing Brunson-Dinwiddie.
Luka Doncic will not play in Game 3
Andrew Wojnarowski: Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic is out for Game 3 vs. Utah tonight, sources tell ESPN.
Marc Stein: The Mavericks plan to bring Luka Doncic back from injury for Saturday’s Game 4 in Utah after ruling him out for tonight’s Game 3, league sources say. More series coverage from me via @BallySportsSW More NBA coverage from me: marcstein.Substack.com
Marc Stein: Doncic has made considerable progress this week in his recovery from a left calf strain — partaking in more basketball activity Tuesday and Wednesday than initially hoped — but Dallas decides to wait until Game 4. More on the pre-game show tonight at 7 CT via @BallySportsSW.
Luka Doncic 'feeling great' after practice, but significant pessimism exists he'll be ready for Game 3
Jason Kidd on Luka Doncic availability for Game 3: We'll see how he feels at game time
Tim MacMahon: Jason Kidd on Luka Doncic: “We’ll see how he feels at game time.”
Callie Caplan: Luka Doncic’s calf appears healthy enough to work on his soccer skills. pic.twitter.com/y5mz6oZplp
Luka Doncic upgraded to questionable for Game 3
Tim MacMahon: Luka Doncic is listed as questionable for the first time this series. He was listed as doubtful when he sat out the first two games.
Brad Townsend: Quin Snyder just now on Doncic: “We’ve been conscious that he’s going to come back at some point of the series. It might not be (Game 3), we just don’t know. But we’ve been conscious of that.”
Jordan Schultz: #Mavs superstar Luka Doncic is “making progress, but not likely to play” Game 3 versus the #Jazz, per source.
Jason Kidd: Luka Doncic availability for Game 3 will depend on how he feels tomorrow
Marc Stein: Mavs coach Jason Kidd says Luka Doncic playing in Thursday’s Game 3 at Utah is “just a matter of how he feels tomorrow.” More NBA from me: marcstein.Substack.com
Luka Doncic 'feeling good' but isn't sure if he'll play in Game 3... won't play if he might aggravate injury
Mavericks plan to increase practice activity for Luka Doncic today
Marc Stein: The Mavericks plan increased practice activity today for Luka Doncic (left calf strain) as they seek to pinpoint his return in the Utah series, sources say. As we reported pregame Monday on @BallySportsSW, Dončić is on a course to play in this series … question remains when.
Luka Doncic progressing from calf injury
Mavericks superstar guard Luka Doncic’s recovery from a strained left calf has progressed to the point that there is legitimate hope he will be able to return as the first-round series with the Utah Jazz shifts to Salt Lake City this week, sources told ESPN. One source told ESPN that Doncic’s status for Thursday’s Game 3 was “uncertain,” saying the guard was “day to day.” Another source said while there is hope that Doncic could return for Game 3, it is “not a sure thing.”
The Mavericks were off Tuesday, but Doncic continued his rehabilitation work, which has included gradually ramping up basketball activities. How Doncic’s calf responds to Tuesday’s workout and Wednesday’s practice, in which his participation is to be determined, will be critical to his chances to return this week.
Luka Doncic nearing return?
Shams Charania: Sources: There’s optimism Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic will return for Game 3 (Thursday) or Game 4 (Saturday) vs. Jazz. The calf strain that Doncic suffered on April 10 is improving and workouts over next two days could determine comeback timing.
Callie Caplan: Spencer Dinwiddie on tying the series without Luka Doncic: “We buy him time. It’s not rocket science. We want to have him back as quickly and safely and health-ily as possible, but we’re still trying to win the series, regardless.”
Sources told ESPN that there is hope Doncic will play at some point in the series, but it would be premature to predict when he will be ready to return from the strained left calf he suffered during the April 10 regular-season finale. Kidd said Monday morning that Doncic “is definitely going in the right direction,” and the two-time first-team All-NBA selection went through an extended pregame shooting workout without putting much stress on the calf by pushing off of that leg.
Marc Stein on Luka Doncic: To this point, I haven’t gotten the vibe that he was out for the series. I’ve never gotten the vibe that this was as grave a situation as the calf strain that we all talked about with Kevin Durant in the 2019 playoffs.
Marc Stein: An itching-to-play Luka Doncic has hoisted a 3, flipped in a layup and kept the ball in his hands for some bonus dribbling throughout this stoppage of play in Game 2 while they’ve gone to commercial. Safe to say he is eager to get back to game action …
Luka Doncic still out for Mavericks
Eric Walden: Luka Doncic remains OUT for Game 2 of Mavs-Jazz tonight, per Dallas coach Jason Kidd.
Jason Kidd on Luka Doncic's injury: He's going in the right direction
Marc Stein: “I think he’s definitely going in the right direction,” Kidd says of Doncic. “He’s doing more every day.”
Eddie Sefko: Jason Kidd on Luka, comparing his calf to Dirk’s playoff knee in 2003: “That time is coming that we’re going to have to make that decision, either way . . . Do you play him or not? And we’ve gone through this once before. And we’re going to be right back in that seat again.”
Marc Stein: Luka Doncic (left calf strain) remains doubtful for tonight’s Game 2 against visiting Utah, Mavericks coach Jason Kidd said this morning. “I think he’s definitely going in the right direction,” Kidd says of Doncic. “He’s doing more each day.”
Mavericks announce that Luke Doncic is doubtful for Game 2
Tim MacMahon: Mavs announce that Luka Doncic is doubtful for Game 2.
Luka Doncic unlikely to play in Game 2 vs. Jazz
Dallas Mavericks superstar Luka Doncic remains unlikely to play in Monday’s Game 2 against the Utah Jazz as he progresses in his recovery from a strained left calf, sources told ESPN. Doncic has yet to be ruled out, but sources said he would have to make dramatic improvement in the next 24 hours to be cleared to play. Doncic did light shooting for the second consecutive day on Sunday, a sign of progress in his recovery from a strained left calf, but coach Jason Kidd said that his status for Game 2 was yet to be determined.
“If he can’t play, we have to go forward,” Kidd said. “We showed that already in Game 1. If it happens in Game 2, then that’s the way we have to go. That’s just the way sport can be sometimes. “Injuries come at the wrong time. Luka’s injury came at the wrong time, but we can’t cry over spilled milk. We’re all professionals and we understand what the situation is. If he can go, that doesn’t automatically mean we’re going to win games, but we feel better if he is on the floor. Hopefully, he can get on the floor soon.”
Luka Doncic's status for Game 2 still undecided
The Dallas Mavericks lost Game 1 of their first round series against the Utah Jazz, but they aren’t going to rush Luka Doncic back. Despite being down, Mavs coach Jason Kidd said Luka Doncic’s status is still undecided for Game 2. The Dallas star is recovering from a strained left calf. The Mavericks offense struggled mightily against the Jazz. Dallas shot just 38.2% and scored only 93 points. That’s well off their regular season marks of 46.1% and 108 points.
Tim MacMahon: Jason Kidd after Luka Doncic did light shooting for the second straight day: “Yesterday was another good day, and today he’s back on the court, so that’s a plus. And we’ll see how he feels tomorrow.”
Tim MacMahon: Some extremely light on-court work for Luka Doncic:
Marc Stein: Luka Doncic (left calf strain) has now been officially declared OUT for today’s Game 1 against Utah, Dallas coach Jason Kidd says. More series coverage from me via @BallySportsSW More NBA from me: marcstein.Substack.com
Luka Doncic listed as doubtful for Game 1 against Jazz
Marc Stein: The Mavericks have officially listed Luka Doncic (left calf strain) as doubtful for Saturday’s Game 1 against visiting Utah. The expectation remains, as it has been all week, that Luka will miss Game 1 at a minimum and possibly Game 2. More NBA from me: marcstein.Substack.com
Significant concern remains about Luka Doncic's availability for Game 2
Luka Doncic 'progressing, doing good', according to Jason Kidd
Callie Caplan: Jason Kidd on Luka Doncic today: “He’s progressing. He’s doing good. Didn’t practice, but is in good spirits, and had a good day.” Mavs haven’t ruled Luka Doncic out of playoff opener vs. Jazz as they continue monitoring response to calf strain treatment: dallasnews.com/sports/maveric…
Luka Doncic expected to miss Game 1 vs. Jazz
Shams Charania: Mavericks star Luka Doncic is expected to miss Game 1 vs. Jazz on Saturday night due to strained calf, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium .
Luka Doncic 'in good spirits' regarding injury recovery
Brad Townsend: Jason Kidd update on Luka Doncic, not much of one: “In good spirits. Riding stationary bike.”
Tim MacMahon: Luka Doncic getting in some work on the exercise bike next to teammate Maxi Kleber: pic.twitter.com/wCmQOjKpPG
Dwain Price: Spencer Dinwiddie on on if Luka will play in Game 1 of the series against the Jazz: “I haven’t gotten any indication that he won’t be, so I’m preparing as if he will be. They haven’t told us anything. They haven’t said be ready.”
Jason Kidd on Luka Doncic's injury: He's in great spirits today
Tim MacMahon: Jason Kidd was predictably vague about Luka Doncic’s calf strain. Any hope for Game 1? “We’ll see,” Kidd said. “He’s in great spirits today. We’ll see how his body feels tomorrow. We’ll prepare with him and then we’ll also prepare without him.”
Tim MacMahon: More Kidd: “If he’s able to go and put on his shoes, then he’s going to go. If he can’t, we’re not going to put him in a situation to jeopardize it and make things worse.”
Callie Caplan: Jalen Brunson, asked for his level of optimism that Luka Doncic plays Game 1: “I’m very optimistic. I hope for the best. I mean, that’s our organization right there.”
Still no timetable for Luka Doncic's return
Dallas Mavericks PR: The Dallas Mavericks announced today that an MRI confirmed a left calf strain for Luka Dončić. Dončić has begun treatment and there is no timetable for his return. pic.twitter.com/L7GPE4Lfe0
Luka Doncic diagnosed with calf strain, no timetable for return
Tim MacMahon: Luka Doncic’s MRI today confirmed a calf strain, as expected, per source. Mavs have not set a timetable for his return.
Tim MacMahon: Luka Doncic will get an MRI on his strained left calf this afternoon, sources said. Mavs will know more about the severity of the injury at that point.
Jeff Stotts: Re: Luka: There’s a lot of variability in calf strains. The calf is actually a muscle complex made up of multiple muscles. Severity & location will factor into resulting recovery. Average time lost for calf strains in the NBA this season was 16 days (median 17, minimum = 3 days)
Marc Stein: Luka Dončić is scheduled for an MRI exam today to determine the severity of his left calf strain and likely recovery timetable. Dallas opens the playoffs Saturday against Utah at 1 PM ET; Dončić was hurt in Sunday’s regular season finale. More from me: marcstein.Substack.com
Mavs optimistic Luka Doncic's injury is not major
Adrian Wojnarowski: There’s initial optimism that Dallas star Luka Doncic hasn’t suffered a significant injury, source tells ESPN. Team is calling it a strained left calf.
No long-term concern on Luka Doncic ankle injury
Luka Doncic out against Houston
Callie Caplan: Mavs say Luka Doncic (right ankle soreness) won’t play tomorrow night vs. Rockets. Alt. text: some strategic rest before a weekend that includes a quick Pat Bev rematch and potential first-round preview vs. Rudy and the Jazz.
Callie Caplan: Luka Doncic is available to return, per Mavs PR.
Luka Doncic to return tonight after one-game absence
Luka Doncic expected to miss just one game
Luka Doncic out today
Luke Doncic questionable for Saturday against Kings
Jason Anderson: The Dallas Mavericks are listing Luka Doncic (toe), Sterling Brown (illness) and Trey Burke (shoulder) as questionable for Saturday’s game vs. the Sacramento Kings. Marquese Chriss (knee), Tim Hardaway Jr. (foot), Maxi Kleber (ankle) and Theo Pinson (finger) are out.
Callie Caplan: The Mavs just finished their first full-team practice since Dec. 16, the day before their first COVID-19 positives in the still-ongoing outbreak. Even better news: Luka practiced. Jason Kidd: “He did the whole practice, so I’d say he’s going to play tomorrow” vs. Memphis.
Luka Doncic has sore neck, likely to play Sunday
Mavericks superstar Luka Doncic said his neck was “pretty sore” due to a hard fall after a drive to the basket during Thursday’s 109-101 loss to the Phoenix Suns, but he was optimistic that he would not miss any time due to the injury. Doncic landed on his back after absorbing contact from Suns center Bismack Biyombo on a drive to the basket with 1:02 remaining in the third quarter. During the ensuing timeout, Doncic was hunched over on the bench while grabbing the back of his neck. After consulting with the Mavs’ athletic training staff, Doncic applied a heat pack to his neck before checking back in with 7:25 remaining and playing the rest of the game. “It’s my neck. It’s the spine,” said Doncic, who had 28 points, eight rebounds, eight assists and eight turnovers in the loss. “When I fall down, I hit my back. It’s pretty sore right now.”
Doncic played despite a neck strain during last season’s playoffs, but it affected his performance during Dallas’ Game 4 loss to the LA Clippers, when he had series lows of 19 points, six rebounds and six assists in a lopsided loss. As was the case with that injury, Doncic said the range of motion in his neck was limited, and that looking to either side was difficult. “I think it’s a little worse because it’s the spine,” Doncic said. “But it’ll be OK in a couple days.”
Luka Doncic to return tonight
Luka Doncic questionable for Sunday against Bulls
Luka Doncic out tonight
Marc Stein: Luka Doncic (right ankle) will miss the Mavericks’ game tonight in Houston, says acting coach Sean Sweeney. It will be Dallas’ 15th of 39 games without its franchise player. More NBA from me: marcstein.Substack.com
Luka Doncic doubtful for tomorrow
Tim MacMahon: Mavs are listing Luka Doncic as doubtful for tomorrow’s game vs. Rockets due to a right ankle sprain. He turned the ankle late in last night’s win over the Warriors. Doncic missed time due to a sprained left ankle earlier this season.
Luka Doncic back on Thursday?
Tim MacMahon: Mavs hope Luka Doncic will return Thursday vs. Bucks. Jason Kidd said Doncic has worked on conditioning as much as possible during five-game absence, but it’a been difficult due to sore ankle and lack of practice.
Luka Doncic not traveling with Mavs for weekend game
Callie Caplan: Jason Kidd said that in addition to being out tonight vs. Lakers, Luka Doncic will not travel with Mavs this weekend to Minnesota. Staying back with training staff to keep rehabbing. Sterling Brown, WCS also still out tonight.
Luka Doncic out against Lakers
Tim MacMahon: Mavs announce that Luka Doncic will miss third straight game due to left ankle soreness. Mavs are 2-4 without Doncic this season after back-to-back wins over Thunder and Hornets.
Jason Kidd confirms Luka Doncic out at least next two games
Luka Doncic to miss multiple games
Marc Stein: Mavs star Luka Doncic is expected to miss multiple games due to persistent left ankle soreness that has already ruled him out tonight in Oklahoma City, league sources say. A precise timetable is still being determined, sources say, as Dallas enters a Sunday/Monday back-to-back.
Dallas Mavericks PR: Luka Dončić (left ankle soreness) will be a game-time decision for tonight’s game in Memphis. Sterling Brown (left foot soreness) and Willie Cauley-Stein (personal reasons) will miss tonight’s game.
Dallas listed the 22-year-old All-Star as questionable to play with left ankle soreness Wednesday night in Memphis, the second night of a back to back. Backup guard Sterling Brown (left foot soreness) is also questionable after missing Tuesday’s game against the Nets. Doncic returned Tuesday from a one-game absence with the same ailment and led the Mavericks with 28 points, six rebounds and nine assists in 36 minutes.
Luka Doncic available against Nets
Callie Caplan: Jason Kidd confirms Luka Doncic, Kristaps Porzingis and Tim Hardaway Jr. will all play tonight vs. Nets. Sterling Brown (left foot soreness) is out.
Callie Caplan: Jason Kidd said Luka Doncic (left ankle soreness) and Kristaps Porzingis (left knee contusion) both practiced today, but their statuses for tomorrow in Mavs-Nets still TBD.
Luka Doncic's ankle injury lingering for the last weeks
Callie Caplan: Jason Kidd said Luka got an MRI on his left ankle today, but didn’t say what scans showed. Injury is “lingering” from original sprain Nov. 15. “He’s been sore. It’s just been a busy stretch of games.” Also, Kristaps Porzingis is still “getting treatment” on left knee contusion.
Luka Doncic, Kristaps Porzingis ruled out for tonight
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