Luka Doncic To Return Wednesday

5:18pm: Doncic has been cleared to play on Wednesday, but Irving will be held out, tweets Brad Townsend of The Dallas Morning News.

Coach Jason Kidd confirmed the decision, telling reporters he hopes to limit Doncic’s playing time, but adding, “If he gets to 40 minutes, I’m sure there will be a discussion because he won’t want to come out.” (Twitter link)

12:00pm: Mavericks star Luka Doncic is expected to be back in action on Wednesday night after missing the team’s last five games due to a left thigh strain, tweets ESPN’s Tim MacMahon. The Mavs have formally listed Doncic as probable to play vs. Golden State (Twitter link).

Doncic, who suffered the injury during a March 8 loss in New Orleans, has been bothered by multiple minor ailments this season and has now missed a total of 15 games. Dallas is 5-10 in those contests and has slipped to .500 (36-36) on the season after going 2-3 during its latest stretch without him. All three of those losses came against Memphis.

When he has played, Doncic has been his usual dominant self, posting a team-best 33.0 points per game on 50.0% shooting. He has also contributed 8.6 rebounds and 8.0 assists in 36.3 minutes per night.

Barring a setback, Doncic will suit up on Wednesday in what will be a critical game in the Western Conference playoff race. The Mavs currently hold the No. 8 seed, but would pass the No. 6 Warriors in the standings with a victory tonight.

It’s unclear whether or not Doncic’s fellow backcourt starter will be available. Kyrie Irving is listed as questionable after aggravating a right foot injury in Monday’s loss to the Grizzlies.

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