SHOCKING:Mavs star Luka Doncic will play in Game 2 of NBA Finals with chest, knee and ankle injuries…..read more

Mavs star Luka Doncic will play in Game 2 of NBA Finals with chest, knee and ankle injuries.

BOSTON (AP) – Luka Doncic will be available for Game 2 of the NBA Finals, Dallas Mavericks coach Jason Kidd said.

Doncic was listed as probable Sunday morning with a sprained right knee and left ankle soreness. He was downgraded to questionable in the afternoon, with a bruised chest added to his list of ailments.

He was cleared to play after going through his pregame warmup routine about an hour and a half before tipoff. Kidd said he thinks Doncic sustained the chest injury taking a charge and diving on the floor for a loose ball.

Doncic led the Mavericks with 30 points and 10 rebounds in their 107-89 loss in Game 1.

In the event that Doncic would not have been able to go, Kidd said the team was ready to adjust.

“If he´s out, we´re prepared to go without him, next man up. If he´s going, the game plan doesn´t change. He´s in,” Kidd said in his pregame news conference “We´ve been in this seat pretty much the whole playoffs. So nothing changes.”

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Celtics Players Target Luka Doncic On Defense

In Game 1 of the NBA Finals, the Boston Celtics showcased their strategic prowess by relentlessly targeting Luka Doncic on defense, exposing his weaknesses and forcing him into unfavorable matchups. The Celtics’ game plan was clear: make Luka work on both ends of the floor, particularly exploiting his defensive vulnerabilities.

The first play set the tone for the Celtics’ approach. Jaylen Brown handled the ball while Jayson Tatum set a screen, creating a switch that left Luka on Brown. Doncic’s lackluster defensive effort allowed Brown to easily drive to the rim, drawing help from P.J. Washington.

This defensive collapse left Jrue Holiday wide open for a corner three, which he missed, but the scramble allowed Tatum to get a wide-open three-pointer, which he nailed. This sequence highlighted Luka’s struggle to keep up with quicker, more agile players.

On another possession, Brown again targeted Luka on a switch and easily blew past him for a thunderous dunk. The pattern continued as Jrue Holiday casually drove past Luka, forcing help defense and setting up Derrick White for an easy layup. Brown repeatedly exploited Luka’s defensive shortcomings, driving past him with simple moves and speed bursts, ultimately drawing a foul on one play.

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