Mavericks news: Luka Doncic makes history, Josh Green injury update, more

Dallas Mavericks, Luka Doncic
Dallas Mavericks, Luka Doncic / Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Dallas Mavericks superstar Luka Doncic took his game to another level on Friday night. The team needed him to carry them, and number 77 responded with a 50-point double-double in the win.

It was the second 50-point game of Luka’s career, which ties Dirk Nowitzki for the most in franchise history. Doncic has the most 45-point games in Mavericks history, and Luka added to his laundry list of team records in less than five seasons.

Dallas needed Doncic to be otherworldly on Friday night as just two other players scored in double-figures. The rest of the roster shot 38.0 percent from the field as the Mavericks were down five players coming into the game, and Reggie Bullock was injured in the third quarter and was unable to return. The Mavs will need Luka to be unstoppable to win with so many players out, and he answered the call on Dec. 23.

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Josh Green was spotted shooting before Friday’s game, which was the first time fans saw him doing work on the court since he suffered his elbow injury on Dec. 9. He has missed eight consecutive games and is not expected to return until sometime in January.

Head coach Jason Kidd also gave an update on Kemba Walker in his pregame media availability. The veteran point guard was held out of Friday’s game, so he would be able to play on Christmas Day. Walker’s knee issues are well-chronicled, so stay tuned to see if the veteran point guard is back in the lineup on Sunday afternoon.

Mavericks owner Mark Cuban was on the Knuckleheads podcast this week where he talked about a host of topics, including the team’s 2011 championship and told a story about the team just missing out on Andre Iguodala in free agency. It is a must-listen for all MFFLs.

NBA news

Draymond Green updated fans on the state of the Warriors, who have won just one of their last six games and are playing without Stephen Curry. Things are not going well for the defending champions, and they are a team to watch over the next few weeks as Curry gets healthy.

The Lakers offered an Anthony Davis injury update on Friday. He will sit another seven to ten days with a stress reaction in his foot before the team reevaluates him. Davis will miss the Lakers’ Christmas Day matchup against the Mavericks in Dallas and more as the Lakers lost their third straight game on Friday night.

The Dallas Mavericks are set to unveil Dirk Nowitzki’s statue before Sunday’s game against the Lakers, so tune in early and enjoy. The team will celebrate its GOAT before hopefully knocking off LeBron James and company on Christmas Day. Do not miss it.

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