Mavericks' Luka Doncic to Undergo MRI on Calf Injury Ahead of NBA Playoffs

Erin Walsh

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Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic suffered a left calf strain in the third quarter of Sunday's game against the San Antonio Spurs and did not return.

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported that there's "initial optimism" from the Mavericks that Doncic avoided a significant injury.

According to ESPN's Tim MacMahon, Doncic will have an MRI on the injury Monday afternoon.

Doncic is one of the best players in the NBA when healthy. He entered Sunday averaging 28.5 points, 9.1 rebounds and 8.7 assists while shooting 45.7 percent from the floor and 35.3 percent from deep in 64 games.

Jalen Brunson typically takes over in his absence, and he's in the midst of a breakout season, averaging a career-high 16.2 points, 3.9 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game.

The Mavericks finished the regular season 52-30, fourth place in the Western Conference, and will hope Doncic is ready to go when the first round of the postseason begins following the play-in tournament.