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The Mavericks’ wait to see Luka Doncic make its playoff debut this season will continue Thursday night.
The Mavs star will stay out with his calf injury for Game 3 against the Utah Jazz, coach Jason Kidd said in his pre-game press conference.
“He continues to progress,” Kidd said. “We said from the start of his injury that we would be careful, and we feel like sitting him out tonight follows that plan.”
Kidd said Doncic went to great lengths and “did everything” in his early afternoon training and was feeling good so far. Game 4 is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Saturday.
After the team’s morning shootout – some eight hours before the whistleblower – Kidd said Doncic would go through his normal pre-game routine before a decision was made, but the decision to sit Doncic down was taken in the afternoon.
Kidd was on the grounds of Vivint Arena before Game’s 3 for his normal shooting routine.
Luka Doncic is on the pitch at Vivint Arena for a pre-match shootout – and for a good laugh at Peter Patton’s expense when he faked it in the post with a no-look throw and swish. pic.twitter.com/SqwHccEHL4
— Callie Caplan (@CallieCaplan) April 21, 2022
The Mavericks updated Doncic to questionable on their pre-match injury report after calling it questionable ahead of his absences in Games 1 and 2.
Doncic said on Wednesday his relegation to the sideline as the Mavericks shared the opening two games with the Jazz was “the hardest thing ever” and made him more nervous than playing high-profile competitions. .
But, Doncic and the Mavericks stressed he would not return to live action if there was a risk of further injury. One notable example – Kevin Durant’s Achilles tear in the 2019 NBA Finals in the game he returned from a month-long absence with calf strain – stood out as a reminder of the caution.
“If there should be a risk, I don’t think I will play,” said Doncic. “But, like I said, today and yesterday we did some good things. If it’s not a risk, I don’t want to play limited minutes. I would be nervous. I want to be there- down as long as possible.
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