October 6, 2022

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Luka Doncic comes out with a calf fatigue in the final before the qualifiers

Luka Doncic comes out with a calf fatigue in the final before the qualifiers

Luka Doncic Probably at the worst possible time for Dallas Mavericks.

Doncic left his final win in the regular season over San Antonio Spurs Sunday evening with what the team called a strain in his left calf, which will undoubtedly put the start of his post-season in jeopardy.

Doncic, less than three minutes from the end in the third quarter of his 130-120 win at American Airlines Center, began driving across the lane before kicking the ball into the wing after meeting several Spurs players at the top of the field. a key.

Although it doesn’t seem like much happened to him in the lane, Doncic hit his right left leg after taking step after pass.

Doncic immediately walked off the field and went straight to the locker room.

The team quickly ruled him out with a left calf injury. Doncic finished the match with 26 points, nine assists and eight rebounds.

Mavericks coach Jason Kidd said after the game that he had not spoken to Doncic and was not sure how severe the injury was, but he hoped to find out more on Monday.

“We’ll know more tomorrow, and we’ll go from there,” said Kidd, via Tim MacMahon from ESPN. “I hope it isn’t too dangerous.”

While it depends on the grade of the calf strain, the average recovery for a calf strain this season is 16 days.

Kidd said his plan was to play his first game normally in the third quarter, expecting to have at least five days of rest before his first playoff. He insisted they weren’t looking at the New Orleans Pelicans-Golden State the Warriors The result, which directly affected their rating in the supplement.

“Injury is part of the game. Absence is part of the game. We’ll see how he feels,” Kidd said via Bally Sports Southwest. “The nice thing is we won at home, so we don’t have to travel, we have a week to play.”

The Mavericks finished with the No. 4 seed in the Western Conference, and they’ll open the playoffs against Utah Jazz on Saturday.

“This is going to be a great test for us, and we just have to take it one game at a time,” Kidd said of the jazz, via Bally Sports Southwest. “They are very well trained, they have very talented players and their tactics, they play at a high level and their defense is really good. This should be an interesting series.”

Luka Doncic left the final of the regular season on Sunday with a strained calf. (Tim Hetman/Getty Images)