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Luka Dončić Harm Has NBA Twitter Nervous as Mavs Lose to CJ McCollum, Pelicans

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekTwitter LogoFeatured Columnist IVMarch 9, 2023Sean Gardner/Getty ImagesWednesday was a day to forget for Luka Dončić.Not only did his Dallas Mavericks lose 113-106 to the New Orleans Pelicans in a Western Conference showdown at Smoothie King Center, but he also left with a thigh injury in the third quarter and never returned.Dallas trailed by

Luka Dončić Harm Has NBA Twitter Nervous as Mavs Lose to CJ McCollum, Pelicans

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekTwitter LogoFeatured Columnist IVMarch 9, 2023

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA - MARCH 08: Luka Doncic #77 of the Dallas Mavericks warms up prior to the start of an NBA game against the New Orleans Pelicans at Smoothie King Center on March 08, 2023 in New Orleans, Louisiana. 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 Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

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Wednesday was a day to overlook for Luka Dončić.

Not solely did his Dallas Mavericks lose 113-106 to the New Orleans Pelicans in a Western Convention showdown at Smoothie King Heart, however he additionally left with a thigh harm within the third quarter and by no means returned.

Dallas trailed by as many as 19 factors and performed from behind for almost all of the sport, though it made one closing push with out its celebrity and closed to inside three within the closing 5 minutes.

But the Pelicans had CJ McCollum on their facet, and he took over within the closing stretch by scoring 16 of his staff’s closing 19 factors to safe the win. Purple-hot taking pictures from Tim Hardaway Jr. and Kyrie Irving through the comeback try turned heads, however they have been unable to match McCollum.

The loss wasn’t the one worrisome improvement for a Mavericks staff that’s now 3-7 in its final 10. Dončić’s harm additionally led to some response from social media:

Bleacher Report @BleacherReport

Luka (left thigh pressure) won’t return tonight

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Luka taking part in by way of the ache.

tim cato @tim_cato

this run makes it much more weird to me that luka ever performed tonight. they in all probability had — have!? — a greater likelihood successful with out him than being THAT restricted on the market.

Coast 2 Coast @Coast2CoastNBA

Kevin Durant & Luka Doncic each getting harm tonight will not be enjoyable *sigh*

Hope neither man must be sidelined for lengthy in any respect

Josh Bowe @Boweman55

truthfully unsure why Luka suited up for this recreation within the first place.

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Mark Followill @MFollowill

Luka performed 28 minutes tonight. 4/14 FG and 15 pts and for these watching clearly did not look proper

Bibs @BibsCorner

Luka wants a very good week off. Jason do not do that.

Luka⁷⁷ updates 🇸🇮 @LukaUpdates

Tbh Luka shouldn’t even play as we speak. He had issues for days and this was again to again recreation. Now harm simply bought worse. Smh

Dončić wasn’t the one star energy lacking Wednesday, as Zion Williamson (hamstring) remained out for New Orleans. What’s extra, Brandon Ingram exited earlier than halftime with an ankle harm and did not return, which is one purpose the Mavericks have been capable of make one final cost earlier than finally dropping.

There wasn’t a single play that led to Dončić’s harm. Relatively, he seemed to be laboring at occasions from the very begin and had bother shaking Herbert Jones’ robust protection on his strategy to simply 4-of-14 taking pictures from the sector and 1-of-5 from deep.

Irving did what he might after his operating mate exited and completed with 27 factors, nevertheless it was the McCollum present in crunch time.

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Dallas will look to bounce again with a highway recreation in opposition to the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday.

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