Dallas, TX – Bad timing for the Dallas Mavericks as Luka Doncic picked up an injury (calf strain) right before their playoff game on Saturday, April 16th.

Firstly, the Mavs may be without Doncic for at least a game and will need some help if they want to win their first game.

We all know Head Coach Jason Kidd is playing the waiting to keep the Utah Jazz on their heels.

Here are two ways the Mavericks can overcome Doncic’s recent injury.

Ball Movement

Ball movement and distribution will need to be one of the main points of emphasis if Luka does not suit up for game one.

Secondly, this Mavs squad has shown this season is getting solid production from other guys on the roster.

For example, Spender Dinwiddie and Reggie Bullock have stepped their game up and given the team sparks.

Dinwiddie has proven to be a 20+ point scorer in the two games he has played without Luka in the lineup.

Similarly, Jalen Brunson has upped his game and proven to be a solid #2 option which has paid dividends for the Mavs.

Dinwiddie and Brunson have been one hell of a backcourt duo in their short time together.

In other words, they will need to continue to be playmakers if Dallas wants to get past the first round in over a decade.

Jason Kidd’s Creativity

Kidd has done a tremendous job making the Mavs a playoff contender in his first season.

Now he is faced with a tall task of keeping the team focused after Luka sustained a calf injury.

He took heat from the media allowing Doncic to play the final game with their playoff spot secured.

Therefore, an opportunity to be creative and exploit the Jazz presents itself possibly without his superstar player.

Kidd kept the team competitive in stretches without him, can he do it when it matters most?

In conclusion, Saturday afternoon will be a great chance for Dallas to gain momentum in Big D.

Can they make their mark on their home court? We shall see.

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