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Dallas Mavericks: Luka Doncic (quad) out versus Chicago Bulls

Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
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Dallas Mavericks: Luka Doncic (quad) out versus Chicago Bulls

Dallas Mavericks superstar Luka Doncic had his first double-double of the season in the team’s win over the Miami Heat. The 21-year-old had 27 points, 15 rebounds, and seven assists, plus nailed 3-pointers. It looked like he may be breaking out of his early-season funk.

Things went from bad to worse before Sunday’s tipoff against the Chicago Bulls, though. Doncic was listed as questionable on the NBA’s official injury report with a left quad contusion but was downgraded to doubtful. Luka was ultimately ruled out for Sunday’s contest in Chicago by coach Rick Carlisle about 90 minutes before tipoff.

Let us take a look at what we know, and what it could mean going forward for the 21-year-old superstar.

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Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic (quad) out versus Chicago Bulls

Doncic will miss his first game of the 2020-2021 season on Sunday against the Bulls. The team will pivot to starting Jalen Brunson at the point guard position as they look to even their record on the road.

Sunday is the first of a back-to-back set. The Mavericks play in Houston against the Rockets on Monday night. Luka should be considered questionable at best for that game. James Harden missed the Rockets’ last game with an ankle injury, so fans will be watching the status of both stars closely heading into the Jan. 4 showdown.

The Dallas Mavericks need Luka Doncic back in the lineup as soon as possible. The 21-year-old is their offensive engine and one of the best playmakers in the league. Tim Hardaway Jr., Josh Richardson, Jalen Brunson, and Trey Burke will all have to step up without Luka and Kristaps Porzingis in the lineup.

The Smoking Cuban will be back with all the latest on Luka Doncic’s injury, plus news, opinions, and analysis that Dallas Mavericks fans crave, so do please check back to the site regularly.

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