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Luka Doncic out indefinitely with calf injury ahead of 2022 NBA playoffs

Doncic left Sunday’s game with a calf injury.

San Antonio Spurs v Dallas Mavericks
Luka Doncic of the Dallas Mavericks warms up before the game against the San Antonio Spurs at American Airlines Center on April 10, 2022 in Dallas, Texas.
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April 11 update: In what can only be considered bad news, Doncic is out indefinitely with a calf strain. The Mavericks play Game 1 of their first round series against the Jazz Saturday, which means Doncic has a few days to recover from his calf strain before a pivotal series.

The Dallas Mavericks are “optimistic” Luka Doncic did not suffer a major injury when the star guard left Sunday’s game against the San Antonio Spurs, per Adrian Wojnarowski.

Doncic has been dealing with some ankle and hamstring issues this season, but the calf is a new problem. Dallas will not be in the play-in bracket, so Doncic has at least until Saturday to recover from this injury. If it’s not a serious issue, he should be ready for the first round of the 2022 NBA playoffs.

The Mavericks have completely changed their formula this season around Doncic, becoming a better defensive team while also surrounding the guard with more shooting. Doncic has elevated his game since the All-Star break and could be a dangerous one-man show in the postseason provided he’s healthy. The Mavericks have been bounced in the first round in each of the last two seasons and want to see improvement under Doncic’s leadership.