Dallas Mavericks: Luka Doncic (rest) to miss preseason opener

Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images)
Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images) /

Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic is also sitting out the Oct. 8 preseason opener against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Get the latest info here.

Dallas Mavericks fans cannot wait for the regular season to begin. The team has two young stars, a top head coach in Rick Carlisle, and plenty of talent rounding out the roster. Reaching the playoff is a realistic goal in Dallas’ first season without Dirk Nowitzki.

Luka Doncic will play the starring role this season. The 20-year-old is the reigning Rookie of the Year. He is hoping to take a massive leap in year two. Doncic could average 25 points, eight rebounds, and eight assists per game if everything falls right.

Adding Kristaps Porzingis should open up the floor and create more playmaking opportunities for number 77.

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Luka out vs. Thunder

The Mavericks preseason slate began on Oct. 8. They traveled to Tulsa to face the Oklahoma City Thunder. It was the first of a back-to-back for Dallas. That meant resting plenty of talent including Luka Doncic.

Doncic is fully healthy. The Mavs are managing his workload early in the preseason. He is expected to play on Wednesday. The Mavericks have their first home preseason game on Friday against the Bucks. Luka will be on the court for the next two contests barring something unexpected.

Doncic and Porzingis will play their first game together for the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday in Detroit against the Pistons. It should be an exciting night for fans despite it being a preseason game. Expect the team’s two stars to put on a show against the playoff hungry Pistons.

Mavericks supporters have two weeks until the regular season begins. It is almost here. There should be plenty of highlights to go along with the improvements. Excitement is at an all-time high.

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