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Report: Optimism Luka Doncic will return for Mavericks-Jazz Game 3 or Game 4

Luka Doncic in Utah Jazz v Dallas Mavericks - Game Two

DALLAS, TEXAS - APRIL 18: Luka Doncic #77 of the Dallas Mavericks reacts as the Dallas Mavericks take the lead against the Utah Jazz late in the fourth quarter of Game Two of the Western Conference First Round NBA Playoffs at American Airlines Center on April 18, 2022 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. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

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The Mavericks achieved plenty by beating the Jazz in Game 2 of their first-round series last night.

Among Dallas’ accomplishments? Ensuring there will be a Game 5.

That buys Luka Doncic more time to recover from his calf strain.

But he might not need it.

Shams Charania of The Athletic:

Doncic could make a massive difference in this series. Not only is he a superstar, he’s exactly what Dallas needs needs in this matchup.

The Mavericks lost Game 1 despite playing solid defense (a disciplined scheme Doncic could fit into). They just badly needed a perimeter creator like Doncic on the other end. Plus, someone to reduce Josh Green’s playing time would’ve helped.

Dallas won Game 2 by playing Reggie Bullock, Jalen Brunson, Dorian Finney-Smith and Spencer Dinwiddie 40-45 minutes and getting a career night from Brunson. That isn’t necessarily sustainable.

But with Doncic? The Mavericks would look far more complete.

If he’s healthy enough to near his regular form, of course.