Mavs’ Star Luka Doncic Suffers a Strained Calf Injury in Regular-Season Finale

Luka Doncic with Real Madrid during Euroleague basketball match in 2018
Luka Doncic with Real Madrid during Euroleague basketball match in 2018. Photo by Nikola Krstic/REX/Shutterstock (9485782g)

The Dallas Mavericks might regret letting their superstar guard Luka Doncic play in the 2021-22 regular-season finale against the San Antonio Spurs. Doncic suffered a calf injury in the second half of Sunday’s 130-120 win and was unable to finish the game.

Doncic got hurt while making a pass late in the third quarter. He made a drive towards the basket while being followed by a couple of Spurs players and decided to jump and dish the ball to Reggie Bullock behind the arc. The 23-year-old player immediately grabbed his calf after the play and asked for a time-out. Then, following a brief discussion with Dallas’ staff, he headed to the locker room.

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Mavs are optimistic that the injury isn’t serious and expect Doncic to be ready for the playoffs. The injury has been officially described as a “strained left calf.”

Doncic’s teammates are also hopeful that they will have their best player for the First Round clash against the Utah Jazz.

“For some reason, I feel like he’ll be ready to go,” said guard Jalen Brunson. “Knowing the competitor that he is, I feel like he’ll be ready. It’s unfortunate, but a competitor like that you can’t keep down for long.”

This season, Luka Doncic had another strong campaign, averaging 28.4 points, 9.1 rebounds, and 8.7 assists per game. He earned his third consecutive All-Star nod while propelling the Mavs to a 52-30 record and 4th seed in the Western Conference.