Dallas Mavericks superstar Luka Doncic admitted after Sunday’s loss to the Phoenix Suns that he is currently dealing with a thigh injury. Number 77 still scored 34 points, and he has played through the pain, but he did not scored with his normal efficiency.
The Mavericks have a massive back-to-back set on Tuesday and Wednesday. Dallas slipped to seventh in the Western Conference with Sunday’s loss, and they are in danger of having to go through the Play-In Tournament to reach the playoffs. The Mavs host the ninth-seeded Utah Jazz on March 7 before traveling to New Orleans to face the Pelicans, who are currently in a four-way tie with the Jazz at 31-34. Every game matters down the stretch, and the Mavericks must split these two if they want to move up in the standings over their final 17 regular season games.
Will Luka Doncic continue to play through his thigh injury on Tuesday evening? What does that mean for Wednesday’s game in New Orleans? Here is a look at the latest injury updates.
Luka Doncic injury status for Dallas Mavericks vs. Utah Jazz on March 7
Doncic will play against the Jazz. He is not on the injury report, and fans should expect him to handle his full workload on Tuesday night as the Mavericks look to hand Utah its fourth consecutive defeat.
Dallas Mavericks' full injury report vs. Utah Jazz on March 7
Maxi Kleber is listed as questionable to face the Jazz with a hamstring tear. The 6’10 big man missed more than two months with this injury before returning for two games where he played around 20 minutes per game. Kleber missed Sunday’s contest against the Suns. No word yet on if he had a setback or if the team is just being cautious with a key piece of their rotation.
The Mavs will be without two-way players McKinley Wright IV and A.J. Lawson as both are currently with the Texas Legends in the G League.
The Jazz ruled out Collin Sexton (hamstring) and Micah Potter (G League) for Tuesday’s tilt in Dallas.
Luka Doncic injury history
Doncic’s thigh injury will force him to miss one of two games on this back-to-back set. The 23-year-old superstar has played in eight consecutive contests, but he has dealt with multiple injuries over his five NBA seasons.
Dallas Mavericks' next 5 opponents
The Mavs are in the middle of a difficult stretch that will determine their place in the standings. They have two straight against the Grizzlies after their back-to-back set over the next two days, and things do not get easier from there.
Here is a look at the Mavericks' next five games as ten of their next 13 contests are on the road.
Wednesday, March 8 at New Orleans Pelicans at 6:30 p.m. CT
Saturday, March 11 at Memphis Grizzlies at 7:00 p.m. CT
Monday, March 13 vs. Memphis Grizzlies at 6:30 p.m. CT
Wednesday, March 15 at San Antonio Spurs at 7:30 p.m. CT
Friday, March 17 at Los Angeles Lakers at 9:30 p.m. CT