The Dallas Mavericks were cruising to a dominant win over the rival San Antonio Spurs behind an incredible 26-point performance from Luka Doncic when things took an unexpected turn. Doncic was injured on a drive to the basket, and he did not return after hobbling off the court.
The calf injury could not have come at a worse time for Dallas. Fans are waiting for updates, but even a grade 1 strain usually costs a player seven to ten days. Luka’s status for the playoff opener against the Utah Jazz on April 16 should be considered 50-50 at best.
Doncic was playing the best basketball of his career before the injury, and it earned him yet another honor on April 11 when he was named Western Conference Player of the Week. Here is a look at what earned Luka the honors and what it means for the 23-year-old superstar.
Luka Doncic wins Western Conference Player of the Week for 3rd time in 2022
Doncic averaged 30.3 points, 10.0 rebounds, and 9.0 assists as the team won all three games in the final week of the regular season. Fellow MVP candidate Joel Embiid won the Eastern Conference version of the award as Doncic earned the honors for the third time this season.
It marks two straight years that Luka has won Player of the Week three times. Dirk Nowitzki holds the franchise record as he won four times during the 2009-2010 season. Number 77 will look to set a new record next year as he continues to improve his game. Luka's improved jumper makes him an unstoppable offensive force, and he is ready to take another step forward this offseason.
Luka Doncic is the key to the Dallas Mavericks going on a deep playoff run this year, so fans will be watching closely for news and updates on his calf injury. The 23-year-old superstar is going to do everything in his power to play in the postseason, and supporters can stay tuned to The Smoking Cuban for all the latest.