Mavericks guard Luka Doncic won't play vs. Thunder due to hamstring soreness


The left hamstring injury that Luka Doncic suffered on Wednesday, not only ended his seven-consecutive games with a triple-double, but now it’s keeping him off the court.

Ahead of the Dallas Mavericks’ game versus the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday night, Marc Stein reported that the Mavericks superstar guard would neither play nor travel with the team for the contest.

Dallas’ game against the Thunder is a pivotal one as the Mavericks sit in eighth place in the Western Conference and are still jockeying for a postseason berth when the playoffs being in a little more than a month.

Doncic injured his hamstring on Wednesday night, in the Mavericks’ 109-99 win over the Golden State Warriors.

He left the game with 21 points, nine rebounds and three assist to end the historic streak he was on. Doncic set new league records for the most consecutive triple-doubles with at least 30 points (six) and 35 points (five).

Head coach Jason Kidd told reporters that the situation is “fluid” right now, and he’s awaiting more information on the full extent of the injury.

“I’ll have a better answer tomorrow,” Kidd said. “We’ll see. This is a fluid thing. This is being talked about now. We’ll find out in a couple of minutes if he’s going or not.”

Dallas Mavericks' Luka Doncic handles the ball during an NBA basketball game against the Golden State Warriors in Dallas, Wednesday, March 13, 2024. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)Dallas Mavericks' Luka Doncic handles the ball during an NBA basketball game against the Golden State Warriors in Dallas, Wednesday, March 13, 2024. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic won’t play on Thursday vs. the Oklahoma City Thunder. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

The fifth-year veteran told Kidd that he needed to exit the game.

Seconds before, Doncic was seen with a heating pad on his left hamstring before subbing in. He came up wincing after tossing an alley-oop to center Daniel Gafford and landing awkwardly after the assist.

“[Doncic] gave me the signal that his [hamstring] was tight, so we took him out,” Kidd said after the game.

In the last two years, the 25 year old has dealt with several leg injuries that have kept him out of 17 contests. He missed more than a week this time last year due to a left thigh strain.

A right quad strain forced him to miss a game in December 2022, and Doncic missed two weeks to close out the 2021-2022 season and the first three games of Dallas’ playoff game versus the Utah Jazz thanks to a left-leg strain.

This season, Doncic is averaging 34.3 points, 9.8 assists, and 9.0 rebounds in 58 games this season.



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