Luka Doncic (born February 28, 1999) is a Slovenian professional basketball player for the Dallas Mavericks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He also represents Slovenia on the national team. This article summarizes his NBA career injuries.
Luka Doncic is an apex predator nearing the end of his career
UPDATE (Mar. 24):
Luka Doncic scored 30 points (11-27 FG, 2-10 3Pt, 6-10 FT) while playing just 41 minutes in Wednesday’s 127-125 loss to the Warriors because of a thigh injury. He also dished out 17 assists, pulled down 7 rebounds, and stole 1 ball.
Doncic appeared to be free to play Wednesday despite missing the previous five games with a left thigh strain.
As his backcourt partner Kyrie Irving (foot) was sidelined, he scored a game-high and dominated as a facilitator, registering a new season high in assists.
To make the Western Conference Play-In Tournament, the 36-37 Mavericks need to win out, and Doncic’s heavy workload in his return game is encouraging news.
UPDATE (Mar. 22):
Doncic could miss Wednesday’s game against the Warriors because of an injury to his thigh.
Doncic has missed five straight games because of a strain in his left thigh, and he may miss a sixth straight game as well. Before Monday’s loss to Memphis, he was also listed as questionable before being downgraded to out, so Doncic’s status on Wednesday doesn’t tell us anything new about his health.
UPDATE (Mar. 20):
Doncic (thigh) might not be able to play against Memphis on Monday.
Doncic has missed the last four games because of his thigh injury, but since he fully practiced on Thursday, he has made good progress.
But it’s not clear yet if he’ll be able to play in Monday’s game. If the 24-year-old stays out, the Mavericks will rotate their backcourt players based on whether or not Kyrie Irving (foot) is available.
UPDATE (Mar. 17):
Luka Doncic (thigh) will not play in Friday’s game against the Lakers despite logging a full practice Thursday.
The Mavericks’ initial injury report lists Doncic as out, which is a bit of a surprise since he was able to practice on Thursday. But since the Mavericks have a few days off before their next game, it’s possible that Dallas is just being safe with their star guard.
UPDATE (Mar. 15):
As a result of his thigh injury, Doncic will miss Wednesday’s game in San Antonio.
The backstory is that Doncic will miss his third straight game on Wednesday due to a foot injury, and with Kyrie Irving (foot), Christian Wood (foot), and Tim Hardaway (calf) all being questionable, it could once again be the Jaden Hardy show.
Doncic’s next shot to play will come Friday against the Lakers, but it’s not a great omen that he’s still getting ruled out a full 24 hours in ahead of tip-off.
UPDATE (Mar. 13):
Doncic will not play against the Grizzlies on Monday due to a thigh injury.
Doncic has been sidelined for two games after injuring his left thigh on Wednesday against the Pelicans. He is currently considered to be day-to-day. There was extra playing time for Tim Hardaway and Jaden Hardy on Saturday due to Kyrie Irving’s (foot) absence, and that won’t change even if he returns for Monday’s game against Memphis. Doncic’s Mavericks team next plays on Wednesday against the Spurs, and that game will be his chance to return.
UPDATE (Mar. 11):
Luka Doncic is day-to-day with a left thigh strain and will miss Saturday’s game against the Grizzlies.
Reportedly avoiding serious injury, Doncic will sit out Saturday’s game against the Grizzlies after suffering a left thigh strain in Wednesday’s loss to the Pelicans in New Orleans. Doncic’s next chance to suit up is Monday’s rematch with the Grizzlies.