Dallas Mavericks star point guard is doubtful for the first playoff game against Utah Jazz after he was diagnosed with a left calf strain after undergoing an MRI on Monday afternoon, the Mavericks announced Tuesday. Thus, Doncic’s participation in the first game of the postseason for his franchise is doubtful as things are not heading in the right direction.
Renowned ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski has reported that Doncic’s injury is more than just a mild calf strain and he may also be ruled out of the second game, let alone the first. The Slovenian had suffered the injury while playing against San Antonio Spurs on Sunday after he top-scored with 26 points in his team’s 130-120 win.
“The Mavericks are very much preparing for the possibility of not only maybe not having [Doncic] in Game 1, but maybe even Game 2 on Monday. If this was the regular season, you wouldn’t even be talking about him possibly playing this weekend,” Wojnarowski said on NBA Countdown.
“I think you can expect him to go down to the wire Friday, Saturday on this. But a great deal of skepticism, concern about how soon he will be available in this playoff series against Utah.”
Doncic has been in sublime form as he was averaging 28.4 ppg, 9.1 rebounds, and 8.7 assists in the regular season and this is certainly a big blow for Dallas Mavericks. If Doncic fails to recover the opening game of the playoffs, then the Mavericks will turn to Spencer Dinwiddie and Jalen Brunson to fill in the big shoes of the talisman.
Dallas Mavericks had finished the regular season with an impressive record of 52-30. Furthermore, the Mavericks had won their last four matches and they will look to continue the good show in the postseason against Utah Jazz.