Is Luka Doncic playing tonight? Mavericks at Grizzlies injury update for March 20
By Tyler Watts
Dallas Mavericks superstar Luka Doncic has not played since March 8 when he re-injured his thigh in a loss to the Pelicans. The 24-year-old has missed four straight games, but he is improving.
Kyrie Irving led the Mavs to their biggest win of the season on Friday night in Los Angeles over the Lakers, but things do not get any easier as Dallas travels to Memphis to face the Grizzlies on Monday night. Ja Morant remains out, but Dallas lost twice to Memphis in the last ten days without him, and it is never easy to win at the FedExForum.
Luka had his status upgraded ahead of the March 20 showdown, but will he play on Monday night? Get the latest here.
Luka Doncic injury status for Dallas Mavericks at Memphis Grizzlies on March 20
For the first time since suffering the injury, Luka was upgraded to questionable ahead of Monday’s game. Previously, number 77 was ruled out 24 hours before tipoff, so he is making progress. ESPN's Tim MacMahon reported "there wasn't much optimism" that Doncic would be available on Monday night at the team's afternoon shootaround, and he was ruled out shortly after. It will be his fifth straight absence.
Dallas Mavericks' full injury report at Memphis Grizzlies on March 20
Kyrie Irving (foot) and Tim Hardaway Jr. were questionable for Monday’s game, but both will play. Markieff Morris was ruled out with a knee injury.
The Grizzlies ruled out Ja Morant (conditioning), Steven Adams (knee), Brandon Clarke (Achilles), Vince Williams Jr. (shoulder), and Ziare Williams (G League) for this contest. Jaren Jackson Jr. is listed as questionable with calf soreness.
Luka Doncic injury history
Luka has missed four straight games with a thigh injury and 14 this season because of various injuries. Here is a look at his injury history over his first five years in the NBA.
When is Luka Doncic coming back?
Fans should expect to see Luka play soon. The Mavericks have another massive game on Wednesday night in Dallas against the defending champion Golden State Warriors, and there is no way Doncic is missing that contest.
Dallas Mavericks' next 5 opponents
The Mavs wrap up a three-game road trip on Monday night in Memphis. They head home for two games before traveling east for a five-game road trip. Dallas has just 11 games left in the regular season and every single one matters, so here is a closer look at their next five.
Wednesday, March 22 vs Golden State Warriors at 6:30 p.m. CT
Friday, March 24 vs Charlotte Hornets at 7:30 p.m. CT
Sunday, March 26 at Charlotte Hornets at 12:00 p.m. CT
Monday, March 27 at Indiana Pacers at 6:00 p.m. CT
Wednesday, March 29 at Philadelphia 76ers at 6:30 p.m. CT