Dallas Mavericks superstar Luka Doncic had a game to forget on Sunday afternoon. He raced out of the gates with 14 first-quarter points before making just five field goals in the final three periods. Luka had as many turnovers as buckets over the final 36 minutes. His constant bickering at the referees was back, and it cost Dallas a crucial win over the Lakers as the Mavericks blew a 27-point edge.
Doncic would like nothing more than a bounce-back game on Tuesday night against the Indiana Pacers. Rick Carlisle will return to Dallas for the second time since his exit in the summer of 2021. The long-time Mavericks head coach helped Dallas win a championship in 2011. The Mavs clobbered the Pacers by 27 points in Jan. 2022, and Doncic would love to get another one up on his former head coach.
Will Luka play on Tuesday night at the American Airlines Center? Here is a closer look at all the injury updates heading into the Mavericks game against the Pacers.
Luka Doncic injury status for Dallas Mavericks vs. Indiana Pacers on Feb. 28
Doncic is fully healthy and ready to handle his normal workload against the Pacers. This is the first meeting between the two sides this season, and fans know number 77 will have a little extra juice on Feb. 28 as he faces his former boss.
Dallas Mavericks' full injury report vs. Indiana Pacers on Feb. 28
Maxi Kleber was upgraded to questionable and could return on Tuesday night. He has been out since Dec. 12 with a hamstring injury, but the 6’10 big man will return in short order. It cannot come soon enough for the Mavericks as they desperately need his defense and shot-making. Davis Bertans remains out with a calf injury.
Kendall Brown is out for the Pacers on Tuesday night as he recovers from a stress fracture in his leg. Trevelin Queen is with Indiana’s G League team, and will not play in Dallas.
Luka Doncic injury history
Doncic is healthy right now, but he has dealt with his share of injuries over his first five seasons in the NBA. Here is a closer look at his injury history.
Dallas Mavericks' next 5 opponents
The Mavs have a tough stretch ahead following Tuesday’s game. They play three more at home before going on a brief two-game road trip with six consecutive games against teams fighting for playoff position. Dallas needs every win in the crowded West, so they have to figure out some of their issues fast to stay in the top six.
Here is a closer look at the team’s next five games after facing the Pacers to close out February.
Thursday, March 2 vs. Philadelphia 76ers at 6:30 p.m. CT
Sunday, March 5 vs. Phoenix Suns at 12:00 p.m. CT
Tuesday, March 7 vs. Utah Jazz at 7:30 p.m. CT
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