Mavericks won’t play Doncic, Porzingis vs. Jazzon August 10, 2020 at 5:48 am

Dallas Mavericks stars Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis will be held out of Monday’s game against the Utah Jazz, according to the NBA’s official injury report.

Injury recovery is cited as the reason for both Doncic and Porzingis not playing in Monday’s game, which is the first of a back-to-back for the Mavs. The injury report specifically cites Doncic’s right ankle, which he sprained twice this season, and Porzingis’ left knee, in which tore the ACL in February 2018.

The Mavs, who are close to being locked into the Western Conference’s seventh seed, will also face the Jazz without starting forward Dorian Finney-Smith (hip).

Doncic has been sensational during the seeding schedule at the NBA’s Walt Disney World campus, averaging 33.4 points, 11.6 rebounds and 11.6 assists in five games, highlighted by his 36-point, 14-rebound, 19-assist performance in Saturday’s overtime win over the Milwaukee Bucks. Porzingis, who sat out a game in most back-to-backs this season, has averaged 29.4 points and 10.2 rebounds in the bubble.

The Jazz employed a similar strategy in a 119-111 loss to the San Antonio Spurs on Friday, when forward Joe Ingles was the only regular Utah starter who played.

The Jazz listed All-Star shooting guard Donovan Mitchell as questionable against the Mavs due to a lower left leg peroneal strain, the injury cited for his absence against the Spurs.

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