The Clippers, despite getting on the board with a Game 3 victory over the Mavericks, have struggled to contain Dallas superstar Luka Doncic. The Slovenian wunderkind has averaged 38.0 points, 8.7 rebounds and 9.0 assists, with 51.9%/45.9%/48.1% shooting splits. (Yes, he’s just 13-for-27 at the line.)

But they might have an injury assist in Game 4, as Doncic was dropped to “questionable” status due to a cervical strain.

Coach Rick Carlisle sounded an optimistic note in his off-day media availability, telling reporters, “Questionable generally, from what I’ve seen this year with other teams and our team, is more likely to play than not play in most cases. I think he’s probably going to play and I hope he’s feeling better tomorrow.”

Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic, left, goes up for a basket past Los Angeles Clippers guard Patrick Beverley during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Sunday, Dec. 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)

He still cautioned that this is the type of injury that can become significantly more painful overnight, and it would take a game time check-in to be certain.

The fifth-seeded Mavericks lead the fourth-seeded Clippers, 2-1, in their seven-game series. Game 4 is set for 8:30 ET Sunday at American Airlines Center.

Courtesy: NBA

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