The Dallas Mavericks were without three key rotation players, including Luka Doncic, as they were dominated by the Bulls on Saturday night. Jaden Hardy scored 15 points in 23 minutes, and Kemba Walker made his Mavs debut, but Dallas had zero answers for the Bulls' attack in the loss.
It was the second straight loss for the Mavericks, and they got little time to rest as they return home to face the Oklahoma City Thunder on Monday night. Fans likely remember the Mavs late-game collapse against the Thunder in late October. Luka Doncic and company will be looking for a bit of revenge on Dec. 12.
The Mavs listed Doncic as probable to face the Thunder on Sunday afternoon. He is expected to return, but the other two players may not. Here is a look at the Mavericks' latest injury report.
Luka Doncic set to return, Josh Green remains out for Dallas Mavericks vs Thunder
The probable tag means Doncic will almost certainly play against the Thunder on Monday evening. The Mavericks' reliance on their superstar was on full display in Saturday’s loss, and they will need a monster performance from the 23-year-old to defeat the Thunder.
Josh Green will miss his second straight game on Monday night with a right elbow sprain. His absence will open up more minutes on the wing for Reggie Bullock and Tim Hardaway Jr. with head coach Jason Kidd having the option to insert Frank Ntilikina, Kemba Walker, or Jaden Hardy into the rotation to fill Green’s minutes and role.
Maxi Kleber is listed as questionable to face Oklahoma City with right foot soreness. Without Kleber, the Mavs' defense will suffer. Expect more minutes for Christian Wood, Dwight Powell, JaVale McGee, and Davis Bertans if Kleber is forced to miss Monday’s game.
Can the Dallas Mavericks snap their two-game losing streak and kick off their three-game homestand with a victory? Luka Doncic will be fired up to play in front of the home crowd, and fans should expect a monster performance that they will not want to miss. Be sure to tune in and enjoy the show.