The Dallas Mavericks tip off their final game of the preseason against the Detroit Pistons on October 20, and head coach Jason Kidd held a media availability before the game just as he always does.
Dallas' first regular season game is on October 25, and Kidd said that they are prioritizing health heading into this game.
One of Dallas' precautionary measures to prevent Luka Doncic from getting more injured than he already is is obviously sitting him tonight.
Mavericks head coach Jason Kidd gives haunting Luka Doncic injury update
Kidd said that Doncic doesn't have a timetable for return.
After having initial flurries that Dallas was "optimistic" that Doncic could return for opening night, it doesn't seem that is the way things are trending as opening night is quickly approaching.
Having Doncic out to start the regular season is not ideal, and his calf injury could be more severe than expected.
The Mavs are entering a crucial season, as they re-signed Kyrie Irving this summer, and are entering the season with immense pressure. Dallas missed the playoffs last season, and they need to contend this season in order to keep Doncic happy.
There were rumors at the end of the season that Doncic could request a trade if Dallas doesn't considerably improve. Although Doncic later shut down these rumors, things could get rocky if Dallas misses the playoffs again.
Can Jason Kidd and Luka Doncic lead Dallas back to the playoffs? Will Luka be ready for the season opener or will his calf injury keep him out for extended time heading into the regular season?
Kidd will have his hands full in Dallas' first game as they'll head to San Antonio to battle the No. 1 overall pick phenom, Victor Wembanyama.