Mavericks can finally stop holding their breath about Luka Doncic

Superstar Luka Doncic of the Dallas Mavericks has had a difficult season. After perhaps having the best season of his career as a Maverick, Doncic finished third in the NBA MVP vote. He is known for leading the Mavericks, who were seeded five, all the way to the NBA Finals.

On the other hand, Doncic has been playing with fire ever since his alarming knee sprain injury during the playoffs. It was once stated that if these had been regular season games, Doncic would have missed several weeks of action. Now that his international season is over, Dallas supporters may finally exhale with relief.

Slovenia was eliminated from the pre-Olympic qualifications on Saturday after losing to Greece and Giannis Antetokounmpo. Slovenia is no longer eligible to compete in the Olympics.

Doncic finished the game with 21 points and 7 of 14 shooting, but it’s obvious that this was a different team since Slovenia took the court this summer. Doncic had been dealing with injuries that would typically take weeks to heal, and playing on a bad knee all season long likely made things worse. To make matters worse, he had to get shots to treat a thoracic contusion that required painkillers during the NBA Finals.

Doncic has made the decision to play for Slovenia in the pre-Olympic qualifiers this summer, representing his nation following the regular season and postseason. Since he battled ailments throughout the playoffs, some saw this as a hazardous move to add more reps to his strong 2023–24 campaign.

While some people find it regrettable that Doncic and his squad had to leave early, in the long run, a player’s profession requires recuperation so that they can return for the following season. Mavs supporters no longer have to worry about their breath going out every time Luka falls to the ground with blood on his knee or draws a charge. With any luck, Doncic will recuperate completely in time for the upcoming season.‌

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