Report: Luka Doncic (calf strain) unlikely to play in Game 2 vs. Jazz

Published April 18, 2022, 2:00 PMNBA.com News Services

The 23-year-old superstar is expected to miss his 2nd straight playoff game against the Jazz due to a left calf strain.

The Dallas Mavericks reportedly will be without their star guard Luka Doncic again for Tuesday’s (PHT) Game 2 matchup against the Utah Jazz, according to ESPN’s Tim MacMahon and Adrian Wojnarowski. Coach Jason Kidd told reporters that Doncic is back on the court but his return to action remains day to day. 

Doncic was sidelined in the first-round opener on Sunday (PHT) as the Mavs fell 99-93 in Dallas. The fourth-seeded Mavs who started the playoffs at home for the first time since their NBA title season 11 years ago, sorely missed their 23-year-old superstar even though Jalen Brunson had 24 points and Spencer Dinwiddie scored 22. Doncic strained his left calf six days earlier in the regular-season finale.

The Mavericks are 36-16 against Western Conference opponents. Dallas averages 108.0 points and has outscored opponents by 3.3 points per game.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.