The Dallas Mavericks concluded their three-game-long preseason trip last week with a loss to Real Madrid.
Dallas' first two games before that were losses to the Minnesota Timberwolves in Abu Dhabi, but the biggest Dallas losses weren't the three that were on the preseason scoresheets.
Both of Dallas' star guards, Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving, suffered injuries on this trip.
Report: Mavericks superstar guard Luka Doncic suffers calf strain
Kyrie had some groin soreness and seemed to be doing better, as Mavs head coach Jason Kidd said he was a full participant in practice on Monday. Irving played in Dallas' first preseason game but missed the following two games.
The more concerning injury news comes for Luka.
Doncic injured his calf in one of Dallas' practices before their game against Real Madrid, but he still played in five minutes of that game. This was a game that Doncic held close to his heart, as he grew up playing for Real Madrid, but Dallas couldn't risk worsening the injury in a meaningless preseason game, so they limited his minutes.
Once he returned to Dallas, Doncic received an MRI and had a mild strain to his left calf, according to Kidd in an interview posted by Brad Townsend of Dallas Morning News.
This isn't the first left leg injury that Doncic has had over the last few months, and he has already been listed as out for Dallas' preseason finale at the American Airlines Center on October 20 against the Detroit Pistons.
It is unclear if Doncic will be ready to go for Dallas' regular-season opener against the San Antonio Spurs and Victor Wembanyama on October 25, and he will be reevaluated at the end of this week.
For all the latest news on Kyrie Irving, Luka Doncic, and the Dallas Mavericks this season, stay tuned.