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What we know about Luka Doncic calf injury, what it means, and what to expect

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What can fans expect from Luka Doncic in Dallas Mavericks series versus Utah Jazz?

Doncic takes his game to another level in the playoffs, but will he be able to do that fresh off a calf injury? The Mavs are not going to let him play unless he is close to 100 percent because they do not want him to suffer a more serious injury like what happened to Kevin Durant back in 2019.

Expect Luka to be firing on all cylinders when he takes the court, but the rest of the roster will have to tread water until the 23-year-old superstar is ready to play.

When will Doncic return? That question is impossible to answer unless the team offers more clarity on the severity of the injury. If it is a Grade 2 or Grade 3 calf strain that would likely end Luka’s season. A Grade 1 injury means missing one to two weeks before returning to the floor. Hopefully, it is less severe, and fans see Luka back out on the court in short order.

Until then, it will be a team effort for the Mavericks. The Utah Jazz lost seven of their final 11 regular-season games, so do not count Dallas out. The team is optimistic Luka Doncic will be ready to play at some point in the series, and that means the Mavs can win it and move on to the second round for the first time since winning the title in 2011.

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The Smoking Cuban will have all the updates on Luka’s calf injury, plus news, opinions, and analysis on the Dallas Mavericks series against the Jazz, so be sure to check back with us regularly for all the latest.