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Report: Luka Doncic (calf) to miss G1 against Utah

Apr 10, 2022; Dallas, Texas, USA; Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (77) grabs his left calf during the second half against the San Antonio Spurs at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Dallas superstar Luka Doncic (calf) will miss Game 1 of the Mavericks’ first-round playoff series against the Utah Jazz, The Athletic reported Thursday.

The Mavericks announced Tuesday that an MRI confirmed the left calf strain for Doncic.

The Mavericks are the No. 4 seed in the Western Conference playoffs. They host the fifth-seeded Jazz in Game 1 of their first-round series on Saturday afternoon.

Doncic, 23, sustained the injury in the third quarter of the Mavericks’ 130-120 win against the San Antonio Spurs in Sunday’s regular-season finale.

The two-time All-NBA performer and three-time All-Star averaged 28.4 points, 9.1 rebounds and 8.7 assists in 65 starts this season, finishing third in the league in scoring and fifth in assists.

Dallas was 8-9 without Doncic in the lineup this season, including a 120-116 loss at Utah on Christmas Day.

–Field Level Media