DALLAS (AP) — Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic was dominated out in opposition to Oklahoma Metropolis on Wednesday night time, sidelined by decrease again tightness that coach Rick Carlisle stated should not price him his second All-Star look this weekend.
Doncic confirmed up on the harm report Tuesday, a day after scoring 33 factors in a 130-124 victory at Orlando. It was the sixth sport of the season of at the least 30 factors for Doncic, who turned 22 on Sunday.
The second missed sport of the season for Doncic is Dallas’ final earlier than the All-Star Sport on Sunday in Atlanta. Carlisle stated he expects Doncic to take part.
Doncic was voted an All-Star starter and likewise is within the expertise competitors, which shall be earlier than the sport in a schedule streamlined by the pandemic.
Carlisle stated Doncic has been battling a again subject just lately and has worn a warmth therapeutic massage belt in two latest practices. Doncic will sit on the suggestion of athletic coach Casey Smith.
“It is one thing he must take a sport,” Carlisle stated. “He needs to play, however Casey felt that is one thing we have to do.”
Doncic missed a 118-108 loss at Chicago on Jan. 3 after injuring his left quadriceps within the earlier sport in opposition to Miami.
The absence of Doncic comes lower than every week since European sidekick Kristaps Porzingis returned after lacking three video games due to again stiffness.
Doncic is sixth within the NBA in scoring at 28.6 factors per sport and fifth in assists at 9.0 per sport. He and Brooklyn’s James Harden are tied for third in triple-doubles with seven.
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