The Dallas Mavericks finally looked to be hitting their stride after putting together back-to-back impressive wins over the Spurs and Nuggets, but things went sour in the final minute versus Denver as superstar Luka Doncic had his leg rolled on by guard Austin Rivers. The 22-year-old hobbled to the locker room and did not return.
It looks like Luka escaped serious injury, but he has been ruled out for Wednesday’s game against the Phoenix Suns. The 22-year-old superstar could miss additional time too. The Mavs are taking a day-by-day approach, and fans know Doncic is a fast healer. Hopefully, he will be back in action soon.
Until then, the Mavs will have to soldier on without their superstar. How will head coach Jason Kidd adjust? What can Dallas do to keep winning without Doncic? Let us take a closer look.
How will the Dallas Mavericks adjust without Luka Doncic?
Jalen Brunson will step into the starting five for Doncic with Trey Burke entering the rotation to play as the backup point guard. The Mavs do not have anyone else that can handle the ball and make plays, so they will rely on those two players to fill all 48 minutes at the one.
Kristaps Porzingis will become the number one scoring option with Tim Hardaway Jr. shifting up to number two. Both players need to produce 20-plus points per game for the team to be able to grind out victories.
Brunson must continue his stellar play, but that alone will not be enough to make up for the absence of Luka Doncic. Here are three other adjustments the Dallas Mavericks must make without their superstar.