Mavericks stars Doncic wounds and Kristaps Porzingis will not play in Monday’s game against Utah, according to the league’s official injury report. Dallas will also be without starting forward Dorian Finney-Smith.
Doncic and Porzingis are both listed due to “injury recovery” – right ankle for Doncic and left knee for Porzingis. Finney-Smith, meanwhile, is dealing with a left hip strain.
At 42-30, No. 7 Mavericks are two games behind sixth seed Jazz (43-27), so today’s game has sown implications. If the Mavs lose, they will be locked in seed # 7 in the west. Utah, just half a game behind Thunder No. 5, can still move up a place or two in the standings, although the team may prefer to stay at No. 6 if it means avoiding the Rockets in the first round. Houston has eliminated jazz during the season for each of the past two years.
Donovan Mitchell has also been downgraded from doubtful to out for today̵
Meanwhile, according to the league’s injury report, thunder will be without Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (right calf contusion), Steven Adams (left lower leg contusion), Danilo Gallinari (maintenance of the left ankle), and Nerlens Noel (right ankle contamination), except that it is missing Dennis Schröder, who remains out for personal reasons after attending the birth of their child.
These absences fine well for Suns, who will need to remain undefeated in the bubble to keep pace in the race for the Western Conference finals. As we reported earlier today, Phoenix will not be technically eliminated from the fall battle with a loss, but it would make the road to a play-in spot much more difficult.