There is “a lot of skepticism” about the availability of Mavericks star Luka Doncic for Game 1 of their playoff series with the Jazz, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski said Wednesday night on ‘NBA Countdown’. (video link)
Doncic injured his left calf Sunday in Dallas’ final regular season game. The Mavericks aren’t required to submit an injury report until Friday so there may be no official word until then, but Wojnarowski said the outlook looks pessimistic that Doncic will play in Saturday’s game afternoon.
Sources tell Wojnarowski Doncic’s injury is ‘more than a slight calf sprain’. He is expected to do everything possible to be ready, but Woj warns that this is the type of injury that can be made worse if not fully healed.
He adds that Dallas faces the possibility of Doncic also missing Game 2 on Monday night.
“If it was the regular season, you wouldn’t even be talking about his possibility of playing this weekend,” Wojnarowski said, while adding that he expects a final decision on Doncic’s availability. for match 1 either “on the wire” Friday or Saturday.
The Mavericks and Jazz will have two days off after Game 2, so Doncic will have a cushion to recover before the series moves to Utah. Any games Doncic misses could have a profound impact on the series, as he again recorded All-Star numbers this season, averaging 28.4 points, 9.1 rebounds and 8.7 assists in 65 matches.