The Dallas Mavericks haven’t had the ideal preseason experience for a club aiming to contend in the Western Conference this season. Luka Doncic has been ruled out for the Mavs exhibition finale on Friday, according to Marc Stein.
Doncic’s calf injury doesn’t seem to be significant or risk his availability for the season opening on October 25th, but Doncic beginning the season at perhaps less than full strength is a harsh blow for the Mavs. Kyrie Irving has also missed two preseason games with a strained left groin, a soft-tissue ailment that may possibly persist into the season.
The Mavericks have spent most of the preseason traveling far from home following a 10-plus day vacation in the United Arab Emirates and Spain.
Kyrie Irving And Luka Doncic Injury Updates
While the situations of Doncic and Irving will become more evident once the regular season gets off, it’s a positive indication that Irving is returning to practice at this time. The Mavs have only one preseason game remaining after a lengthy journey abroad, taking on the Detroit Pistons at home on Friday, October 20th. It would be odd to see Irving suit up for that game, as the Mavericks would likely want to take care with the 2023-24 regular season just around the horizon.
The Mavs will fly to San Antonio to take on Victor Wembanyama and the Spurs in the season opener on October 25th. While both Doncic and Irving are anticipated to be fit for the opening, we’ll have additional updates on the injury status of Luka Doncic and his calf strain and Kyrie Irving and his strained left groin as they become available.