Luka Doncic cleared to play in Mavs’ season opener vs. Victor Wembanyama, Spurs



Luka Doncic Gets Green Light to Face Victor Wembanyama, Spurs in Opener

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SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The eagerly awaited debut of Victor Wembanyama with the San Antonio Spurs will feature a familiar face on the opposing team, as Dallas Mavericks All-Star Luka Doncic has been given the green light to play on Wednesday night.

Doncic’s availability was in question due to a left calf strain he suffered on October 9. However, following a period of recovery and practice, he has been declared fit to take the court for the season opener, marking a significant return for both teams.

Doncic’s injury occurred during a practice session leading up to a preseason game against Real Madrid on October 10 in Spain. In that exhibition game, he was limited to just 4 minutes and 53 seconds of play against the team he once represented for three seasons in the Euroleague, before making his transition to the Dallas Mavericks in 2018.

Regarding Doncic’s return, Mavericks coach Jason Kidd stated that while they will keep a close eye on his condition, there are no specific plans to restrict his playing time.

“He’ll come out when he’s tired,” Kidd explained. “We’re not going to use the word restriction. He’s going to play, and we’ll see how he goes. We’ll be in communication with him as the game goes on. He could come out early. I don’t think he will play his normal full duration in the first quarter, but we’ll always check and see how he’s doing and then we’ll go from there.”

The game promises a historic showdown between two celebrated European players of the last six seasons. Wembanyama, only 19, was drafted first by the Spurs from France. His remarkable blend of speed and towering 7-foot-4 frame has astounded preseason audiences.

While Wembanyama may not have garnered the same fervor early in his career as Doncic, the latter quickly established himself as a star. Last season, Doncic averaged a career-high 32.4 points and secured his fourth consecutive All-NBA First Team selection.


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