Luka Doncic injury: Mavericks star has calf strain, no timetable for return

Luka Doncic injury
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The Dallas Mavericks announced on Tuesday that superstar guard Luka Doncic has suffered a left calf strain and has begun treatment on it. However, there is no timetable for his return.

The timing couldn’t be much worse for Dallas, as they are scheduled to begin their first-round playoff series against the Utah Jazz on Saturday.

Doncic’s injury was confirmed after an MRI on Monday after leaving Sunday’s game against the San Antonio Spurs. The Mavericks likely won’t provide any more updates until Friday — the day before the start of their playoff series.

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The 23-year-old is the engine that makes the Mavericks go, posting 28.4 points, 9.1 rebounds, and 8.7 assists per game over 65 games this season.

It’s the third consecutive year that Doncic has been unable to appear in at least 70 games — this year featuring an ankle issue along with a run-in with COVID.

Should Doncic not be ready in time for the start of the playoffs, Spencer Dinwiddie is expected to take over starting point guard responsibilities with Trey Burke and Reggie Bullock getting a bump in playing time while Jalen Brunson holds down the 2 spot.