The Dallas Mavericks had their four-game win streak snapped by the Phoenix Suns on Thursday night, and things went from bad to worse when superstar Luka Doncic suffered a neck injury late in the third quarter. The 22-year-old finished the game, but he was clearly in discomfort during his postgame interview.
Next up for the Mavericks is a crucial contest against the Memphis Grizzlies at the American Airlines Center. Dallas is currently five games behind Memphis in the standings, but a win on Sunday evening clinches the season series for the Mavericks. A Grizzlies win means the team’s each won two games and would further complicate a potential tiebreak scenario. The Mavs need to draw a game closer and clinch the head-to-head tiebreaker on Jan. 23.
Luka was not listed on the team’s official injury report when it was first released on Saturday afternoon. The Mavericks ruled out Sterling Brown with a foot injury, but he is their only player on the report. That means Doncic is expected to start and play on Sunday night, and here is a closer look at what fans can expect.
Luka Doncic not listed on injury report: Expected to play as Mavericks host Grizzlies
Luka talked about undergoing a ton of treatment after Thursday’s loss to the Suns, and it appears to have worked. The 22-year-old not even being listed on the injury report over 24 hours before tipoff means he is fully healthy and ready to face the Grizzlies.
Doncic has played some of his best basketball of the season against Memphis. He played in both wins over the Grizzlies and missed the game the Mavericks lost. Luka scored at least 26 points and shot over 52 percent from the field in both meetings against Memphis. The Grizzlies have struggled to slow him down, and fans should expect that to continue on Sunday night.
The Dallas Mavericks are just starting to play their basketball, so it was fantastic to see Luka Doncic will not miss any time after injuring his neck against the Suns. Fans can find all the latest news, opinions, rumors, and analysis on the Mavs at The Smoking Cuban, so please check back with us daily.