by: STEPHEN HAWKINS, Associated Press
DALLAS (AP) — Luka Doncic will not play for the Dallas Mavericks in Game 1 of their playoff series against Utah on Saturday due to the calf injury suffered by the All-Star guard in the regular season finale. .
Mavericks coach Jason Kidd said before Saturday’s game that Doncic was day to day but would not play Game 1 of the best-of-seven series.
Jalen Brunson, who averaged 16.3 points per game in the regular season, will be the starting point guard in place of Doncic.
Kidd had said throughout the week that Doncic was in good spirits. But Doncic did not train on Thursday and the team took the day off on Friday.
Doncic finished the regular season as the NBA’s third-leading scorer with 28.4 points per game. He was the only player in the league to average at least 28 points, eight rebounds, and eight assists per game.
Doncic, 23, was injured last Sunday night in the third quarter of what turned out to be a meaningless home game for the Mavericks. That win over San Antonio had no impact on Dallas’ position as the No. 4 seed in the Western Conference and opened the playoffs at home for the first time since its NBA championship season ago. 11 years old.
He couldn’t have played in that final against the Spurs if the NBA hadn’t overturned Doncic’s 16th technical foul in the penultimate regular season game on April 8. He should have served a sentence. automatic one-game suspension if the technical foul was confirmed by the league.
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