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The Mavericks' star point guard Luka Doncic suffered an injury in the team's regular-season finale and will miss the series opener against Utah in NBA.

Serious consequences of Dallas Mavericks due to Luka Doncic injury

Luka Doncic

Just as the Dallas Mavericks secured home-court advantage in the playoffs for the first time since winning the NBA championship 11 years ago, they may be forced to play multiple games without their star player.

The team announced today that star point guard Luka Doncic will miss Game 1 of the Western Conference first-round series against the Utah Jazz on Saturday (1 ET, ESPN) due to a strained calf in his left leg.

Luka Doncic

After a 16-18 start, the Mavericks surged to the fourth seed by going 36-12 from New Year's Eve on. The Jazz finished 4-7, falling short of the Mavericks.

 

In a game that was critical to Dallas catching Utah, Doncic scored 32 points in a 114-100 victory over the Jazz, who were missing defensive stalwart Rudy Gobert and 3-point threat Bojan Bogdanovic.

Luka Doncic

Now, the only NBA player averaging at least 28 points, eight rebounds, and eight assists per game may be sidelined, while Utah, led by Donovan Mitchell, is nearing full strength. Dallas hasn't won a playoff series since the championship season, and has been eliminated in the first round six times.

 

If Luka Doncic is unable to play, Dallas' first two scoring options will be Spencer Dinwiddie and Jalen Brunson.


Luka Doncic

Dinwiddie, who was acquired from Washington in the trade that sent Kristaps Porzingis to the Wizards, had his highest-scoring game (36 points) with the Mavericks the first time he played without Doncic.

 

Brunson, who was drafted in the second round the same year Dallas traded up for third-round pick Luka Doncic in 2018, has been starting alongside the three-time All-Star for the majority of the season after serving as his backup for the previous three years.

Luka Doncic

Brunson might wind up in a leadership position akin to his days at Villanova, when he won two NCAA titles in three years, a year after his role declined as the series progressed in a seven-game loss to the Los Angeles Clippers.

 

Brunson, who averaged 16.3 points and 4.8 assists in the regular season, said, "I'm not really worried about putting pressure on myself." "I don't perceive it as a source of stress." I see it as a chance."

Source:

 • The Associated Press

 •  NBA official website

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