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On Thursday, the Dallas Mavericks handed the Oklahoma City Thunder their first-ever postseason setback, winning 119-110.

In addition to his postseason-high 29 points, P.J. Washington had 11 rebounds and two steals.

In addition, Kyrie Irving led the team with 11 assists and had two steals. With Luka Doncic sitting on the bench, Irving and Hardaway Jr. contributed to the team’s early 11-point advantage in the third quarter.

Doncic, however, was the main attraction Thursday. He tied Washington with 29 points, as he had a near triple-double with 10 rebounds and seven assists. It was Doncic’s hot start that helped the Mavs take an early lead. He knocked down four 3-pointers in the first quarter and finished with 18 points in the first half.

His performance was overshadowed by an ankle injury he suffered in this game. The injury puts him on the injury report as questionable, as he is also battling a knee sprain.

Since Game 3 against the LA Clippers, the Mavs guard has been dealing with a sprained knee. He has been bothered by this as he keeps displaying pain and grimacing while playing on the court. Despite not being at full strength, he was crucial to Dallas’ victory over the Clippers.

Doncic explained his knee issue prior to the Thunder-Tiger series beginning. He said that it would probably take the summer for his knee to heal completely.

Another hiccup in the path will be Doncic’s ailing ankle. The Mavs star is still dealing with many injuries, so he is not completely himself.
Luka made 38.2 percent of his 3-point attempts and 48.7 percent of his field goals during the season. That being said, since the postseason began, his numbers have decreased. Doncic is now shooting 26.5 percent from beyond the arc and 40.9 percent overall.
However, Game 2 told a different tale. Doncic made 52.4 percent of his long-range shots and went 5-8. To give the Mavs a shot, their star player needs to keep reproducing his Thursday shooting performance.

Luka’s success though is contingent on him being able to play. The team cannot afford Doncic to miss any games, as they went 4-8 during the season without him.

Either way, look for the Mavericks to take a 2-1 series lead on Saturday. Players like Tim Hardaway Jr. and P.J. Washington must continue to step in to give the Mavs a fighting chance. Doncic may be listed as questionable, but he will do whatever he can to play on Saturday.

Stay tuned for the latest updates on Saturday’s matchup, as Dallas looks to take control in the series.

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