The Dallas Mavericks were tied at halftime against the San Antonio Spurs on April 10 but came out with a dominant third quarter to take control. Superstar Luka Doncic was leading the way with 26 points and was just two rebounds and one assist shy of a triple-double to end the regular season when things changed in an instant.
Doncic drove to the basket causing the Spurs to collapse on a double-team. Number 77 left his feet and kicked back to Reggie Bullock, but as he returned and attempted to push off to go back beyond the 3-point line, Doncic pulled up in pain. He quickly signaled for a timeout and hobbled off the court. The 23-year-old superstar was unable to return to the game, and fans were left with an empty feeling in their stomach as the team announced he was dealing with a calf strain.
Fans waited all day on Monday for an update on Doncic’s MRI, but Tim MacMahon offered little other than to confirm the calf strain. The Mavs are not setting a timetable for his return. With the first-round playoff series starting on Saturday afternoon, will Luka be able to play?
Luka Doncic calf injury: What we know, what it means, and what to expect
Supporters were left with more questions than answers on Monday evening. Luka has a calf strain, but what does that mean? How severe is it? Will he be able to play against the Utah Jazz in the first round of the playoffs? In Game 1?
Let us attempt to answer those questions with what we know right now about Luka Doncic’s calf injury.