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Mavericks guard Luka Doncic, who's been dealing with some lower back tightness, was officially ruled out of Wednesday's game vs. the Thunder, according to head coach Rick Carlisle.
Carlisle added that Doncic's lower back has been troubling him for 2 1/2 weeks and "it's just something where he needed to take a game." Doncic has been on a typical tear over the last few weeks, which is all the more impressive considering he's been dealing with a back issue. A day off should do him some good. Jalen Brunson figures to be the biggest beneficiary of Doncic's absence with Trey Burke mixing in as well. Brunson is a strong DFS play if you can work him into your lineups as he's been playing extremely well over the last month.
Mavericks superstar Luka Doncic is listed as doubtful to play in Wednesday's game against the Thunder due to low back tightness.
This is the first we've heard of a back ailment for Doncic, though it's possible the team wants to squeeze in an extra day of rest before heading into the All-Star break, where Luka will be quite busy. If he is unable to suit up, look for Jalen Brunson to pick up most of the ball-handling duties and he would be a strong fantasy play against the Thunder.
Luka Doncic put up 33 points (12-22 FG, 5-10 3Pt, 4-6 FT) with 10 rebounds and nine assists over 37 minutes as the Mavericks took out the Magic 130-124 on Monday.
Doncic turned 22-years-old on Sunday and his first game after his birthday was one to remember. He put up his eighth double-double of the season (falling just one assist shy of a triple-double) while leading the Mavs in scoring. He also hit five three-pointers for the third time in the last seven games. He's shooting 50-percent from deep (30-for-60) over that span as well. Dallas has a day off on Tuesday before taking on the Thunder this Wednesday.
Luka Doncic scored 27 points (11-21 FG, 3-10 3Pt, 2-6 FT) to go along with seven assists, six rebounds, and two steals over 34 minutes as the Mavericks took down the Nets 115-98 on Saturday.
Doncic was coming off a lackluster performance against the 76ers on Thursday and delivered with a vintage performance on Saturday to snap the Nets' eight-game winning streak. He shot over 50-percent from the field while leading the team in scoring and assists. The soon to be 22-year-old will try and take the Mavericks over .500 on Monday when they visit the Magic.
Luka Doncic scored 19 points (6-13 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 4-6 FT) with four assists, three rebounds, and three blocks over 29 minutes as the Mavericks lost to the 76ers 111-97 on Thursday.
Statistically, this was one of Doncic's worst games of the season as he put up a season-low four assists and only hauled in three boards. He did chip in three blocks, which was nice, but overall the Mavericks were just outmatched by a superior 76ers squad. Dallas was missing Kristaps Porzingis for the third straight game and this one was never really close as Philadelphia was leading 86-68 heading into the 4th quarter. Were the game more competitive, Doncic would have played more than 29 minutes. The Mavericks will try to get back in the win column on Saturday when they take on the Nets in Brooklyn.