Luka Doncic dodges injury bullet: When will Mavericks star return to action?

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Dallas Mavericks superstar Luka Doncic was forced to exit Wednesday’s loss to the Pelicans with a thigh injury. He had been dealing with the injury for more than one week, but things got worse for the 24-year-old. He had it re-taped, and number 77 did all he could to play through the pain, but it was just too much.

Doncic exited in the third quarter and was quickly ruled out for the remainder of the game. He had an MRI on Thursday that Adrian Wojnarowski reported came back clean. It was the best news that the Mavericks could have hoped for, especially given the discomfort Luka appeared to be in during the loss in New Orleans.

Woj noted that Doncic will return “as soon as the discomfort allows him”, but what does that mean? Should fans expect number 77 to miss time?

Luka Doncic dodges injury bullet: When will Mavericks star return to action?

The Mavericks are off until Saturday night when they face the Memphis Grizzlies in the first of a home-and-home set. Having two days off should give Luka a chance to play on March 11, but it is no guarantee.

It will all come down to how Luka feels. He played through the injury for over one week already before the pain became unmanageable on Wednesday night. Expect Doncic to get around-the-clock treatment, so he is ready for the stretch run.

It is likely that Luka Doncic misses a few games. The Dallas Mavericks are often cautious with their superstar. He should be back by the time the Mavs face the Lakers on March 17. Number 77 will want to take the court sooner, but the team may decide to air on the side of caution.

Dallas Mavericks supporters should stay tuned for updates as they become available. The team will have to update Luka Doncic’s status on Friday evening for Saturday’s game, which will give us a better view of what to expect moving forward. Do not miss it.

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