The Dallas Mavericks received a significant boost on Saturday afternoon when Luka Doncic was cleared to play in Game 4 of their first-round playoff series against the Utah Jazz. The 6’7 guard suffered a left calf strain in the regular-season finale on April 10, and it forced him to miss the first three games of the series.
Doncic has ramped up his activity in practice all week, and the Mavs made it clear that Luka would not play unless he was fully healthy. He was upgraded to probable on Saturday, but the 23-year-old only received clearance after going thru his pregame routine. Head coach Jason Kidd confirmed that Doncic will play in Game 4.
Luka missed nearly two weeks of action, so fans should not worry about him re-injuring the calf. It will be interesting to see if he looks a bit rusty to start the game after his absence. Here is the latest on Doncic and his calf injury.
Luka Doncic to play in Dallas Mavericks playoff Game 4 vs. Jazz
Doncic is expected to start on Saturday afternoon, but the team could limit his workload a bit. He missed 13 days of action, so head coach Jason Kidd and the Mavs will be cautious with their superstar. He declined to offer a specific number during his pregame presser, but do not be surprised to see his workload limited slightly in Game 4.
It is a primetime contest in Europe, so Luka will be amped up to put on a show for his fans back home. He had two 30-point games against the Jazz during the regular season, and Utah has struggled to defend on the perimeter in the series. Expect Doncic to be in attack mode whenever he is on the floor on Saturday afternoon, and it should result in a monster performance.
The Dallas Mavericks are looking to take a 3-1 lead in the series with a victory on April 23. Luka Doncic returning to the lineup will make them even harder to stop, but the Jazz need to win to have any shot at taking the series. Tune in to see how it all plays out in Game 4, and to get a first 2022 playoff look at Doncic.