Dallas gets scare with Luka Doncic fall, concussion check; Tim Hardaway tweaks hamstring

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LOS ANGELES — It was a common foul from Dwight Howard, nothing malicious, but it caught Luka Doncic in the air and sent him to the ground. Hard.

Doncic got up, shot the free throws, then Dallas intentionally fouled Howard to stop play and get Doncic out of the game. He went straight to the locker room.

“Fouling Howard was our best execution all night,” Mavs coach Rick Carlisle wryly joked after his team lost to the Lakers Sunday.

Doncic went through the NBA’s concussion protocol but was cleared for return. He came out for second half warmups with a wrap brace for his lower back, but he stepped on the court and played the second half.

Doncic is officially questionable for the Mavericks game in Oklahoma City Tuesday.

So is Tim Hardaway Jr., who also went to the locker room in Los Angeles with an injury.

In the first quarter, Hardaway made a steal and had a breakaway, but he soon was grabbing his hamstring and left the game moments later.

“Got the steal, breakaway, went to dunk and I felt a little bit, but not too much,” Hardaway said after the game. “But then running back on defense it started getting a tad bit worse, uncomfortable. It’s a tough situation, I wanted to come back out and help my guys, I play through injuries a lot, but it sucked not to be able to go out there and help my guys out.”

Carlise described Hardaway as day-to-day but didn’t have many details.

“Too early to tell,” Hardaway said of a possible return. “I feel fine, I didn’t feel anything pop like that. Right now, got a lot of treatment done during the time they were playing. Time will tell, but right now I feel okay…

“You don’t want to be messing around with [a hamstring], you don’t want it to be more than it needs to be.”