Doncic Injury Looms Over Mavs’ Season Opener

Luka Doncic of Dallas Mavericks during Exhibition match between Real Madrid and Dallas Mavericks at WiZink Center on October 10, 2023 in Madrid, Spain. | Photo by Borja B. Hojas/Getty Images

The Dallas Mavericks continue to monitor star guard Luka Doncic as he recovers from a calf injury ahead of Wednesday’s regular-season opener against the San Antonio Spurs.

Doncic suffered what has been described as a “mild calf strain” during an October 9 practice in Madrid ahead of the team’s preseason loss to Real Madrid of the EuroLeague and played just five minutes in the game. He did not play in the Mavericks’ preseason finale against the Detroit Pistons on Friday.

“Don’t have a timetable yet,” head coach Jason Kidd said as he read the team’s medical report to the media before Friday’s game. “He’s still being evaluated, and we’ll see how he feels in the next week.”

The injury has not been considered serious, but Doncic has been limited to rehab and treatment over the last few days.

“He’s been doing those same things, and some court work, and that’s pretty much it,” Kidd explained.

Kidd also gave injury updates on guards Kyrie Irving (groin) and Jaden Hardy (ankle). Irving played 27 minutes, scoring 17 points with 11 assists and eight rebounds on Friday, and seems ready for the regular season. Hardy did not play in the preseason finale.

“He’s out,” Kidd said of Hardy. “We’ll see how he feels tomorrow. He’s doing treatment and everything, so we’ll see how it goes going forward.”

Despite the latest injury luck, Kidd remains confident in the team,

“I feel great about this group,” he remarked on Friday. “We’ve accomplished a lot abroad and here. With this being the last [preseason] game, the biggest thing for tonight is health; get out of this thing healthy with no injuries.”

The team has issued no further updates on its injured players.

Dallas got out of the game healthy with a 114-104 win and turns its attention toward the regular season.

The Mavericks begin their season on the road against the San Antonio Spurs at 8:30 p.m. CT on Wednesday and play their home opener against the Brooklyn Nets at 7:30 p.m. CT on Friday.

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