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Mavericks: How playing without Luka Doncic could help Dallas

Dallas Mavericks, Luka Doncic
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The Dallas Mavericks defeated the Denver Nuggets on Nov. 15 in what was arguably the team’s signature win of the season thus far, but it was marred by a Luka Doncic injury in the final minute. He jumped to contest a shot and was rolled up on by Austin Rivers causing Doncic to limp to the locker room and miss the remainder of the game.

The 22-year-old superstar missed his first game of the season on Wednesday night in Phoenix with ankle and knee sprains. Luka is listed as doubtful and is unlikely to play on Friday night as the Mavs wrap up a set against the Suns.

Dallas suffered a 105-98 loss on Nov. 17 that featured plenty of impressive performances. Most expected the Suns to blow out the Mavericks, but they needed a fourth-quarter rally to win their tenth straight game. Fans got a glimpse of how playing without Luka could benefit the team as a whole long-term, and let us take a closer look at how.

How playing without Luka Doncic could help the Dallas Mavericks long-term

Doncic is one of the top ten players on the planet, and he makes everyone's life easier on the court. The Mavs are unquestionably a better team with him on the floor, but the rest of the roster needs to step up when he is out. The other guards are asked to do more and it created additional playing time for Trey Burke and Frank Ntilikina.

Here are three reasons why Luka Doncic’s injury could benefit the Dallas Mavericks when the 2022 playoffs arrive in April.