It did not look like Luka Doncic — Dallas’ best player in the bubble and an MVP candidate — would be playing for Dallas in a critical Game 4 Sunday when we all watched him limp off the court Friday night in Game 3. He tried to return but had to sub himself out.
Doncic, however, will start against the Clippers in what is nearly a must-win game for the Mavericks, down 2-1 in the series. Mavericks’ coach Rick Carlisle made the announcement before the game, one taking place less than 48 hours from when the injury occurred.
Doncic averaged 35 points and eight assists a game through the first two games of the series, but struggled a little against a more physical and aggressive Clippers defense in Game 3. How well he can move against that pressure will be a critical part of Dallas’ hopes in Game 4.