Ahead of the star-studded matchup in the Bay area featuring the Golden State Warriors and the Dallas Mavericks, the NBA world gets hit with a disheartening news. Luka Doncic, who has been on an absolute tear all season as one of the MVP frontrunners, may have to put his campaign to rest for a while. In the Mavericks’ last game against the New Orleans Pelicans, Doncic displayed signs of a significant injury after limping back to the locker room.
Furthermore, more grim news hit Dallas fans this morning after sources reported on the uncertainty of the 23-year-old’s availability for the Warriors game.
Luka Doncic ‘doubtful’ against the Warriors
Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks recently faced off against the New Orleans Pelicans for the third time this season. In the absence of Zion Williamson, the Pelicans fell deep in the waters with an unsurmountable lead of 27 points by the third quarter. However, about five minutes into the third quarter, after driving for a layup and getting denied at the rim, Doncic suffered a hard fall. Subsequently, to the absolute horror of many Dallas fans, the Slovenian superstar grabbed his ankle, wincing in pain. Soon after, he headed to the locker room, limping, for further examination and did not return for the game.
Consequently, after Doncic’s exit, the Mavericks shockingly gave away the massive lead by the end of the quarter. The game remained close till the final minutes before the Mavericks narrowly beat the Pelicans with the final score of 111-106. Since the scary fall, Doncic has been trending all night on social media. However, in the morning, NBA writer Tim MacMohan broke some disheartening news for the NBA world.
Luka Doncic got an MRI today and didn’t practice. Jason Kidd says it’s too soon to say if Doncic will be available tomorrow vs. Warriors. Source told me that the heel contusion is “not severe,” but it’s TBD if Doncic will need to miss time.
— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) February 3, 2023
MacMohan reported that Doncic had an MRI and did not practice. However, the severity of the injury has been determined as ‘not severe’, and he has been deemed questionable for the upcoming matchup against the Stephen Curry-led Golden State Warriors.
The headline came as a blow to many fans eagerly anticipating the star-studded matchup. Meanwhile, Dallas fans took to social media to vent their frustrations and wish for Doncic’s recovery.
Dallas fans’ uproar on social media
After witnessing the drastic plummet in performance of the Mavericks without Doncic in the third quarter against the Pelicans, fans vehemently expressed their frustrations with the squad.
Here are some fan reactions on Twitter:
Any time he misses and Dallas is done. They could hardly hold on to a 27 point lead for 1 quarter without him
— Nicky A (@AJRazim) February 3, 2023
If this isn’t a indication to bonehead cubes, to get this man some real damn help for the first time in his career. Then I don’t know what is.
— Andres Estrada (@eL_GhOsT33) February 3, 2023
Warriors might catch a break. Glad Doncic isn’t seriously hurt. That was a scary fall. https://t.co/zvFhuw5qtj
— Brian Witt (@Wittnessed) February 3, 2023
ok phew https://t.co/pNMSaFgPcF
— Remm (@Remmbornn) February 3, 2023
Not Severe is good! https://t.co/MBHiKB7bTw
— Nick Angstadt (@NickVanExit) February 3, 2023
The latest silver lining for Dallas fans in this strenuous saga has been the confirmation of his injury being ‘not severe’. Likewise, fans also took to the public forums to breathe a sigh of relief.
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