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Sources: Luka Doncic received a painkiller injection before the second game

By meerna Jun12,2024

DALLAS – Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic received a pain-relieving injection to numb the area of ​​his chest injury before Dallas’ loss to the Boston Celtics in Sunday’s Game 2, sources told ESPN on Tuesday.

Doncic is expected to receive another shot before Wednesday’s Game 3, sources said, as the Mavs try to earn their first win in the series.

“I feel good,” Doncic said after Tuesday’s practice at American Airlines Center. “I don’t want to go into more details. But I feel good.”

On the afternoon of Game 2, Doncic’s rating was downgraded to questionable and he was only deemed available after pre-game warm-ups. Played 42 minutes in the loss, recording 32 points, 11 rebounds, 11 assists and 4 steals, joining LeBron James (twice), Charles Barkley and Jerry West as the only players to have a 30-point triple-double in a Finals loss .

Doncic has been dealing with a sprained right knee since the Mavs’ third postseason game and said he doesn’t expect the injury to heal until he has time to rest. From the third game of the second round, Doncic’s official injury report also showed left ankle soreness.

Doncic played in all 19 Mavs playoff games, leading all players in several postseason statistical categories, including points (551), rebounds (185), assists (162), steals (7) and minutes (786).

ESPN’s Malika Andrews contributed to this report.

By meerna

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