Dallas Mavericks point guard and small forward Luka Dončić, 23, sustained a calf strain in the regular-season finale against the San Antonio Spurs at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas, USA on April 10, 2022. His team defeated the latter 130-20.
Doncic was supposed to miss that game due to an automatic suspension triggered by his technical foul count. He ended up playing when the National Basketball Association rescinded that technical foul.
With the injury, Doncic missed Games 1, 2 and 3. He was initially listed as questionable for Game 4.
Since April 19, 2022, Doncic has been participating in full-speed basketball activity. After playing 5-on-5 both on April 21, 2022 and on April 22, 2022, he was cleared to play on minutes restriction.
On April 23, 2022, the Dallas Mavericks lost to Utah Jazz in Game 4 at the Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah, which marked Doncic’s return. The Slovenian basketball star scored 30 points in the game.
Now, the Dallas Mavericks and Utah Jazz are tied at 2-2. The two teams will face each other again in Game 5 at the American Airlines Center on April 25, 2022.
Born in Ljubljana, Slovenia to Saša Dončić and Mirjam Poterbin, Luka started playing organized basketball in 2006. Saša, a basketball coach, is a Slovenian of Serbian descent from Kosovo while Poterbin, an owner of beauty salons, is Slovenian.
From 2015 to 2018, Luka played for Real Madrid Baloncesto, a professional basketball team based in Madrid, Spain. In 2018, he made his NBA debut by joining the Dallas Mavericks.