NEW ORLEANS — Luka Doncic solely knew that his left thigh was in an excessive amount of ache for him to be efficient.

He didn’t perceive why he was hurting or how he injured himself.

“I might barely run,” Doncic stated after the Dallas Mavericks’ 113-106 loss in New Orleans on Wednesday night time.

Doncic left within the third quarter after lacking a step-back jumper.

At that time, he’d scored 15 factors on 4-of-14 capturing.

The damage has bothered Doncic for greater than every week, he stated.

He couldn’t pinpoint when it occurred, solely that he seen it when he awoke the day after a sport.

“I didn’t get hit. So, it’s form of bizarre for me,” Doncic stated. “I actually don’t know what it’s.”

Luka Doncic grimaces after making a cross throughout the Mavericks’ 113-106 loss to the Pelicans. He later left with a thigh damage.
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Doncic stated he hoped to have an MRI as early as Thursday.

If it didn’t reveal a serious damage, he hoped ice and bodily remedy would assist him return shortly to a membership that wants him for a playoff push.

After the loss to New Orleans, the Mavericks have been 34-33 and narrowly within the Western Convention playoff image.

Doncic has been attempting to play by the damage and had been productive not too long ago, scoring 42 in a victory over Philadelphia, 34 in a loss to Phoenix and 29 in a conquer Utah on Tuesday night time.

However the subsequent night time in New Orleans, he didn’t seem like his ordinary prolific self.

“All of us can see he’s not shifting effectively. So, capturing, protection, it’s affecting the whole lot,” Mavericks coach Jason Kidd stated. “He’s attempting to struggle by it and assist his teammates, however he needed to go away there, and hopefully it’s not one thing severe.”

Doncic stated the damage affected his potential to run considerably, however principally bothers him on leap pictures.

Now in his fifth NBA season, Doncic is Dallas’ main scorer, averaging 33.3 factors per sport earlier than Wednesday’s matchup with the Pelicans. He has averaged 27.6 factors and eight assists for his profession.