Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks Maybe maturing into bright future before the playoff eyes, but Kawhi Leonard And the angry Los Angeles clippers reminded everyone of Friday night dominating blowout that they are not grown completely.
The clippers injected an increase in defense intensity and physicality into the series in the first half of the game 3 after the team was embarrassed by Doncic’s record scoring through two games and Dallas 127 points in an upset game 2 win. Los Angeles who is one of the best defenders in the NBA all season, trapped and changed Doncic to a passer in the paint and ratcheted game 2 nudges into game 3 shoves.
However, Dallas didn’t lose it even when they went behind in the series 2-1. In their two losses, it finished the game without the presence of Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis on the court but lost its vibe. It has also lost full speed Doncic.
The most valuable player in Dallas horribly rolled out his left ankle without having contact with anyone. While guarding Leonard in the third quarter. He hopped with one foot to the locker room. Although he went back in the game after he had his ankle taped and refused a wheelchair. But couldn’t play the game anymore after some minutes in the fourth quarter
Meanwhile, Doncic returned to the fourth quarter of the game and played just three minutes before leaving the game. He recorded the first playoff triple-double in the history of Maverick’s history. But his 13 point, 10 rebound, 10 assist night was far from vintage Doncic.
During his former injury, the Dallas Mavs trailed 85-71 with 3:58 minutes left to play in the third quarter. After he left, the clippers were in full control of the game after taking the lead with 110-95. They managed 67 points in the second half but the clippers increased the score and kept Dallas Mavs at an arm’s length.
Doncic injury statement
Luka Doncic made a statement after he got injured. He said, Honestly, I was lucky it wasn’t the second one. It’s just a little sprained. But he said he will have an MRI.
He added that the injury was not as bad as the separate right ankle sprain that caused him to miss 12 games in December and February.
His coach Rick Carlisle who underwent x-rays on Doncic ankle said he is likely to be in game 4. We have got to see if we can make him fit by game 4, If not Sunday. Then Luka will try game 5.