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Luka Doncic’s MRI on thigh comes back clean, star will return once pain subsides

The Mavericks star is done for the night.

Dallas Mavericks v New Orleans Pelicans
Luka Doncic of the Dallas Mavericks reacts to a call during the first quarter of an NBA game against the New Orleans Pelicans at Smoothie King Center on March 08, 2023 in New Orleans, Louisiana.
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Thursday update: Doncic’s MRI came back clean, so there’s no structural or ligament damage at the moment. However, the Mavericks guard is still experiencing some pain and he will return to play as soon as that pain subsides.

Postgame update: Doncic is set to get a MRI at some point Thursday, and his initial thoughts on the injury were not great.

Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic will not return to Wednesday’s game against the New Orleans Pelicans after leaving due to a thigh injury. Doncic initially seemed to pick up this injury Sunday against the Suns but played through the issue at the time. It seemed odd for Dallas to push him on the second night of a back-to-back tonight but the Mavericks are in a tough spot in the West standings and need a win given the opponent.

Doncic was never quite right in this game, going 4-14 from the floor and 1-5 from behind the arc. He’s going to finish this night with 15 points, eight assists and three rebounds, with the Mavericks likely taking a loss as they enter the fourth quarter down big. We’ll see exactly how severe this thigh strain is but this likely could’ve been avoided if Dallas sat Doncic for tonight’s game.

With Doncic sidelined, Kyrie Irving and Josh Green are going to be the primary backcourt players for Dallas. Tim Hardaway Jr. and Christian Wood are going to have to step up offensively if Doncic is sidelined for an extended amount of time.