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Mavericks Star Luka Dončić Doubtful For Game 2 Against Jazz

Apr 17, 2022, 12:25 PM | Updated: 3:17 pm
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Luka Doncic #77 of the Dallas Mavericks reacts from the bench as the Dallas Mavericks take on the Utah Jazz in the fourth quarter at American Airlines Center on April 16, 2022 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
(Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY – The Dallas Mavericks announced that their star forward, Luka Dončić, is doubtful to play in Game 2 of the team’s playoff series against the Utah Jazz.

The Mavs updated Dončić’s status on Sunday, April 17.

Dončić suffered a leg injury during Dallas’ regular season finale on April 10.

A day before the update, Utah defeated Dallas in Game 1 to take a 1-0 series lead. Dončić did not play in Game 1.

Earlier on Sunday, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski said Doncic was unlikely to play in Game 2.

“Luka Doncic is unlikely for Game 2 vs. Utah on Monday, sources tell @espn_macmahon and me,” Wojnarowski tweeted. “He hasn’t yet been ruled out, but would have to make dramatic improvement in the next 24 hours to be cleared to play with that left calf strain.”

Prior to the postseason opener, Wojnarowski reported that the injury could seriously impact Doncic’s availability to open the series.

“I’m told this is more than just a mild calf strain,” Wojnarowski said. “The Mavericks are very much preparing for the possibility of not only maybe not having him in game one, but maybe even game two.”

The Jazz stole home-court advantage from the Mavericks with the playoff-opening win in Dallas.

“If this was the regular season you would even be talking about him possibly playing this weekend,” Wojnarowski reported.

The Mavericks went 8-9 this season in the 17 games that Doncic missed, leading to some urgency to see the star accelerate his return from the calf injury.

Jazz vs. Mavericks

The Jazz earned the No. 5 seed in the Western Conference and the Mavericks earned home court advantage to open the series as the No. 4 seed.

Dallas will host Game 3 of the best-of-seven series before games three and four take place at Vivint Arena in Salt Lake City. Game 5 will be hosted by the Mavericks.

If necessary, Game 6 would be in Utah and Game 7 would take place in Dallas.

Game 3 of the series will take place on Monday, April 18 at 6:30 p.m. (MDT). The game will be broadcast on NBA TV, AT&T SportsNet, KSL NewsRadio, and The Zone Sports Network.

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