Sources claim that Luka Doncic, Dallas Mavericks star, was ruled out for Game 3 against Utah Jazz

SALT LAKE CITY Dallas MavericksStar Luka DoncicGame 3 vs. UtahOn Thursday night, ESPN received information from sources.

Doncic missed Games 1 through 2 due to a left calf injury. However, Doncic has increased his work load on the practice floor over recent days.

After his teammates had left on Thursday morning, Doncic stayed at Vivint arena to complete an on-court workout with Casey Smith, the Mavs' player health and performance director. It included shooting, ballhandling, and running.

Doncic said to ESPN, “Feeling great”, as he left the arena.

As it moves to Salt Lake City, the Western Conference's first round series is tied.

According to InStreetClothes.com, the average NBA player absence from calf strains this season was 16 days. Mavs reserve guard Frank NtilikinaTwelve days after sustaining calf strain, Doncic returned to play. Game 3 will take place 11 days after Doncic was hurt.

“He is a player with so much ahead of his future, so it is important for him to be smart about it,” stated Mavs guard. Jalen BrunsonHis career-high 41 points was key to the Game 2 victory. It just shows his trust in us. He trusts us. He is only making the best decisions for himself. We respect this as teammates.”

Doncic, who suffered the injury in the April 10 regular season finale, has been slowly increasing his basketball activities. He also made some explosive moves with his left leg during Tuesday's individual workout. Doncic was present at Wednesday's practice and showed no signs of slowing down, which encouraged cautious optimism about his possible return.

Doncic stated Wednesday, “If there's going be risk I don't think that I'm going play.” “But, like I said, yesterday and today were good. I won't play for less than 30 minutes if it isn't risky. Otherwise, I will be anxious. I want to be out there as much time as possible. But, like I said, I will assess how I feel and talk to the medical staff.

“I don’t know if 100 percent is possible. It's hard right now. But I can do it if I'm willing and there's zero risk. [aggravating the]Injury, I'll Be There.”

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