According to ESPN, the Dallas Mavericks will once again be without star goaltender Luka Doncic for Monday’s Game 2 against the Utah Jazz. Tim MacMahon and Adrian Wojnarowski. Coach Jason Kidd told reporters Doncic is back on the pitch but his return to action remains day-to-day.
Luka Doncic unlikely for Game 2 against Utah on Monday, sources say @espn_macmahon and me. He hasn’t been ruled out yet, but should make dramatic progress in the next 24 hours to be cleared to play with that left calf strain. https://t.co/G32VoqCnMY
— Adrien Wojnarowski (@wojespn) April 17, 2022
Doncic was sidelined in Saturday’s first-round opener as the Mavs fell 99-93 to Dallas. The fourth-seeded Mavs, who started the playoffs at home for the first time since their NBA title season 11 years ago, sorely missed their 23-year-old superstar even though Jalen Brunson had 24 points and Spencer Dinwiddie scored 22. Doncic stretched his left. calf six days earlier in the regular season finale.
The Mavericks are 36-16 against opponents in the Western Conference. Dallas is averaging 108.0 points and outscoring opponents by 3.3 points per game.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.