The Dallas Mavericks rested Luka Doncic and Spencer Dinwiddie on Saturday night against the Cavaliers. It was the second night of a back-to-back set and the team’s fourth game in six days. The Mavs traveled from Dallas to Cleveland for the game where Kemba Walker erupted for 32 points and nearly lifted the Mavs to a win.
It was Luka’s third missed game of the season as the Mavericks attempt to protect their superstar. Doncic carries a monstrous workload, so they must be careful. The team listed him as out with a quad strain on Saturday night, and he remained questionable heading into Monday’s game versus the Timberwolves, but that changed after shootaround.
Number 77 was upgraded to available to play, and he certainly looked healthy. Here is a look at the latest update, and what to expect from Doncic on Monday night.
Luka Doncic to return as Dallas Mavericks face Timberwolves in Minnesota
Doncic’s body and bank account both looked healthy during the piece of shootaround Callie Caplan captured. Luka was betting assistant coach Darrell Armstrong on jump shots, and number 77 was not missing.
It will be interesting to see if Kemba Walker’s 32-point performance against Cleveland earned him a place in the rotation. Both Doncic and Dinwiddie will be back in the lineup, and both are playing fantastically. The Mavs need a third ball-handler, and Kemba looked to be the answer on Saturday night. Can he keep it up? Hopefully, head coach Jason Kidd gives him the chance to do just that.
Expect Luka Doncic to go off against the Minnesota Timberwolves in the next two games. The 23-year-old superstar has been outstanding all season, and he wants to be firing on all cylinders ahead of Sunday’s Christmas Day showdown against the Lakers where Dirk Nowitzki will have his statue unveiled. Monster numbers and cannot miss performances are ahead from number 77, so do not miss it.