Luka Doncic Officially Out for Playoff Game vs JazzThe Mavericks are dealing with a huge injury to their superstar Luka Doncic. Just six days ago‚ Doncic injured his left calf. His status is still unknown‚ but head coach Jason Kidd has said that the rookie is day-to-day. In the meantime‚ the Mavs are without Scottie Barnes‚ who suffered an ankle sprain. Karl Towns is reacting to Doncic's injury and Scottie Barnes's handshake with Tee Morant.
Luka Doncic's injuryIf the Mavs are to make a deep run in the NBA Playoffs‚ they will need a healthy Luka Doncic. The Mavs traded Kristaps Porzingis at the deadline in hopes that Doncic would stay healthy throughout the entire postseason. While he has been limited by injuries‚ Doncic has been getting better every game‚ and Kidd has said that he should not play if he is not 100 percent. The Mavs will be without Slovenian point guard Luka Doncic in Game 1 of the playoff series against the Utah Jazz. Doncic suffered a left calf strain during Sunday's regular-season finale against the San Antonio Spurs. The injury will need more time to heal‚ so Dallas will likely play without him in Game 1. Doncic will be replaced in the lineup by Jalen Brunson and Spencer Dinwiddie‚ who will have to step up their playmaking duties. Regardless‚ the Mavs will need to rely on a team effort to win Game 2. If Luka Doncic is unavailable for Game 1‚ the Jazz will be in a tough position. The Jazz are vulnerable to blowing leads and may not be able to recover from this injury. The Mavericks can also flat-out defend and force their opponent to make careless mistakes. That's why it's so important to have the right kind of defense. In the NBA Playoffs‚ the Mavs' goal is to prevent the Jazz from getting comfortable and committing careless mistakes. While Doncic will definitely be a key player for Dallas‚ his absence will leave the Mavericks without a true point guard. The Mavs' bench is already lacking without Doncic‚ and if Doncic is healthy‚ they will try to push Doncic out of the corner. That means the Jazz will have to adjust their defense against Finney-Smith in order to limit his scoring potential.
Scottie Barnes' ankle sprainRaptors forward Luka Doncic is officially out of Sunday's Playoff Game against the Jazz because of an ankle sprain. The injury occurred in Game 1 of the first round against the 76ers. Joel Embiid appeared to step on Scottie Barnes' left foot while driving into the lane. Barnes grabbed at his left foot and fell to the court. X-rays were negative‚ but he'll undergo an MRI on Sunday. The Mavericks have been without Doncic for more than a week‚ and that's not good. The rookie averaged 28.4 points per game this season‚ making him one of the league's top scorers. He was also averaging 9.1 rebounds per game. Doncic's absence may hinder the Mavericks' chances of winning the series‚ which is a tough task in the first round. The Jazz‚ who are in fourth place in the Western Conference‚ are already missing six key rotation players‚ including Donovan Mitchell. Additionally‚ they're missing Rudy Gobert‚ Mike Conley‚ Bojan Bogdanovic‚ and Royce O'Neale. Even if Donovan Mitchell doesn't play‚ he's likely to be sidelined for at least two or three games. If Doncic were injured‚ he wouldn't have been able to play the final game against the Spurs‚ but the NBA overturned his 16th technical foul against Barnes on Thursday‚ meaning he will miss the game. A suspension of one game would have resulted from Doncic's participation. Don't forget that Barnes is questionable due to an ankle sprain. The Jazz are still expected to play well in the Western Conference playoffs‚ but the lack of star power could make it difficult for Doncic to play in this game. However‚ the Jazz are not as good as they were last season‚ and they only managed to win three out of their last four games. The injury to Hardaway could also mean a return to the lineup for the Jazz. The Raptors are 34-27 in the Eastern Conference‚ and they've been playing against a very strong Nets team. Despite a lack of stars‚ the Raptors' defense has been excellent. On Feb. 3‚ the Mavericks had the lowest clutch net rating in the NBA. Since then‚ the team is 7-2 with a +42 clutch net rating.
Karl Towns' handshake with Tee MorantAfter getting a dunk from Karl-Anthony Towns in Game 1‚ the Timberwolves have had to settle for a tie. Despite their three-point deficit‚ the Grizzlies managed to hang around. Despite the loss‚ the Grizzlies' bench is deep. And with an experienced team‚ they can score points from different positions. There are plenty of interesting angles in this year's NBA playoffs‚ including the Phoenix Suns' quest for the first title in franchise history‚ the Milwaukee Bucks' bid to repeat as champions‚ and even the No. 2 seed Minnesota Timberwolves' upset of the No. 3 seed Memphis Grizzlies. But even if the top seed wins‚ it will be a wild ride‚ with plenty of unexpected twists and turns. Memphis guard Ja Morand‚ who was named to his first-ever All-NBA squad‚ had a stellar first-half performance. In the first half‚ Ja Morant scored 16 points on 18 shots and 20 attempts from the foul line. Memphis' defender Jaren Jackson Jr. had seven blocks but was troubled by fouls. Memphis' 56-game winning streak is largely due to Jackson Jr.'s impact‚ despite their poor shooting percentage. While the injury has not yet completely eliminated Doncic's chances of playing in the first round of the playoffs‚ it is still a huge blow for the Mavericks‚ who are missing their star player. The Mavericks trailed Utah by two points at halftime‚ but the Mavericks won't get anything done without him. As a result‚ the Mavericks will turn to Jalen Brunson to replace Luka Doncic.
Karl Towns' reaction to Doncic's injuryThe Minnesota Timberwolves are in a bind right now following their 124-117 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday night. After two straight losses‚ the team is without its best player. Luka Doncic is already sidelined with a right ankle sprain and could be out for the next few weeks. But Towns was able to make a huge impact in his absence‚ scoring 24 points against the Mavericks. It was the perfect time to trade for Towns‚ but he was also able to get the player he had wanted in exchange. During a portion of practice that was open to the media‚ Towns said that he wanted to play with the new Wolves‚ which has a new roster and a different coach. Towns and Russell have been in constant contact for years. However‚ they have only played together once‚ and the Mavericks need to replace the injured Doncic in order to make the playoffs. Doncic's injury is an unfortunate one for both players and the team. Karl Towns' reaction to Luka Doncic's injury is telling‚ but it's not surprising. Doncic is an elite star talent and has a great future with the Mavericks. Karl Towns is clearly a key piece to the puzzle‚ and he can't be without him. Regardless of the extent of the injury‚ the Mavericks' season is going to hinge on Doncic. If the Slovenian player can't play‚ the Mavericks are in trouble. If they're without Doncic for an extended period of time‚ they could end up a long time in the playoffs. Karl Towns' reaction to Luka Doncic's injury will be crucial in the coming weeks. The Mavericks will be without their best player this postseason‚ and without him‚ they could struggle to score points. Without Luka‚ the Mavericks are going to have a tough time finding open looks. Towns has praised his teammates and the team's players for their hard work. Doncic's injury may have been a setback‚ but the team is determined to find a way to win a championship with Doncic.
Jason Kidd says Luka Doncic (left calf strain) is officially out for today’s playoff opener vs. the Jazz.
“He’s day to day, so we’ll go from there.” — Callie Caplan (@CallieCaplan) April 16, 2022