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Doncic “feeling good” but unsure if he will return for Game 3 Thursday

2022 NBA Playoffs - Utah Jazz v Dallas Mavericks

DALLAS, TX - APRIL 18: Luka Doncic #77 of the Dallas Mavericks smiles during Round 1 Game 2 of the NBA Playoffs on April 18, 2022 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2022 NBAE (Photo by Glenn James/NBAE via Getty Images)

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Calf strains are tricky. They can seem pain free and healed, then one explosive step during a game and the player is set further back than they had been with the original injury.

That is what Luka Doncic said he is trying to avoid as he and the Mavericks medical team decide if he will return for Game 3 Thursday in Utah against the Jazz. Doncic put up some shots during the team’s practice Wednesday and then spoke to the media.

Jalen Brunson going off for 41 points in Game 2 and leading the Mavericks to a win bought the Mavericks a little time in this series, which is tied 1-1 heading to Salt Lake City. Dallas is about to add the best player in this series and an All-NBA player in Luka Doncic, he was the reason they were heavy favorites coming in. Utah needs to win the games at home because if Doncic comes back and hits his stride quickly, this is a much tougher matchup for Utah.