The Dallas Mavericks will host the Utah Jazz in the first game of the 2022 NBA Playoffs on Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. ET, but that early draw didn't give them an awful lot of favors considering they saw.
An, and they would likely make anything official until Saturday just before the tipoff. On Thursday, Doncic was at the Mavs facility, but only doing weights work and nothing on the court yet.
Luka Doncic can be seen on the squat rack just zoom in enough. He hasn't been found in court yet.
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Shams Charania of The Athletic told reporters later in the day that the Mavs are unlikely to have their superstar in Game 1 against the Jazz, putting an end to their hopes of winning the first round for the first time since having Doncic in the 2018 NBA Draft.
Due to a severe calf, coach says Luka Doncic will miss Game 1 against Jazz on Saturday night.
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There is perhaps a sense of hope Doncic might return by then, but it appears more likely that the actor is missed both home games to start the series and might hopefully use the two days off before Thursday's Game 3 in Utah to try and make his return to the floor.
Dallas is in the unenviable position of trying to balance Doncic's long-term health (which is, of course, in their best interests) with their goals of this season, in which they have been one of the most well-known teams in the West, and prior to Doncic's injury, they figured to be better off in the second round, putting the Mavs on the verge of losing more time than expected. However, finding a way to break the first two games at home without their star will