Jason Kidd optimistic Luka Doncic returns for Game 4

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Callie Caplan: Jason Kidd on Luka Doncic’s Game 4 prospects: “Optimistic? That’s a good word. … He’s going in the right direction.” Emphasized Mavs’ 2-1 series lead without Luka doesn’t influence his outlook to return.
Source: Twitter @CallieCaplan

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Eric Walden @tribjazz
Mavs coach Jason Kidd says there is no official change to Luka Doncic’s status. He will go through practice today and will be a game-time decision Saturday. – 1:56 PM

Tim MacMahon @espn_macmahon
Jason Kidd on Luka Doncic’s Game 4 status: “Optimistic? That’s a good word.” He says Mavs’ 2-1 series lead has no impact on decision about when Doncic returns from calf strain. pic.twitter.com/6Hyood9Cd91:55 PM

Callie Caplan @CallieCaplan
Jason Kidd on Luka Doncic’s Game 4 prospects: “Optimistic? That’s a good word. … He’s going in the right direction.”
Emphasized Mavs’ 2-1 series lead without Luka doesn’t influence his outlook to return. – 1:55 PM

Marc Stein @TheSteinLine
Luka Doncic’s status for Saturday’s Game 4 remains unofficially unchanged, Mavs coach Jason Kidd said, meaning the Mavericks regard him as a game-time decision.
I reported Friday for @BallySportsSW — before the Game 3 win — that Dallas was planning to play Doncic in Game 4. – 1:55 PM

Brad Townsend @townbrad
About last night, from @Callie Caplan:
Luka-less Mavericks ‘truly believe,’ again land all the right punches to pummel Jazz in Game 3 dallasnews.com/sports/maveric…1:00 PM

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Chuck Cooperstein @coopmavs
In the 20 games that Jalen Brunson has played without Luka. 22.2 pts-7.2 asst on 49.6% FG/36.4% 3pt/81.6% FT – 10:08 AM

Callie Caplan @CallieCaplan
Jason Kidd: “We’re too young to have a ceiling. … They love to play the game together. They share the ball. They make the right basketball plays, and they really cheer for one another.”
From @KSherringtonDMN on Mavs’ future becoming the present: dallasnews.com/sports/maveric…10:01 AM

Callie Caplan @CallieCaplan
Good morning to everyone stillllll looking for updates about Luka Doncic’s calf strain.
Jason Kidd will talk to reporters around 12:30 p.m. Dallas time *before* the Mavs practice in Vivint Arena.
For once, I’m planning to share updates here when there are updates to share. – 9:32 AM

Jeff Stotts @InStreetClothes
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Callie Caplan @CallieCaplan
Luka-less Mavericks ‘truly believe’ and again land all the right punches to pummel Jazz in Game 3 dallasnews.com/sports/maveric…1:07 AM

Marc J. Spears @MarcJSpears
Warriors forward Draymond Green joined LeBron James, Magic Johnson, Jason Kidd and Larry Bird as the only players in postseason history with 200 steals and 10 triple-doubles. Both of Green’s steals tonight against Denver were turnovers for Nikola Jokic. pic.twitter.com/KNwDjmSTO212:54 AM

Callie Caplan @CallieCaplan
Jason Kidd first missed Royce O’Neale’s hit on Jalen Brunson but after watching the replay: “I don’t have to speak on it. The league will clearly take care of it when they see it.” – 11:59 PM

Callie Caplan @CallieCaplan
Mavs beat the Jazz 126-118 to take a 2-1 series lead, reclaim home court and snap an 11-game losing streak in Utah.
Dirk Nowitzki hung out with the Jason Kidd and his staff as they broke down the postgame debrief.
Hell of a way to usher in Luka Doncic’s likely Game 4 return. – 11:55 PM

Tim Cato @tim_cato
honestly, it wouldn’t matter if Luka didn’t even come back this series. – 11:55 PM

StatMuse @statmuse
Spencer Dinwiddie tonight:
20 PTS
The Mavs are up 2-1 without Luka. pic.twitter.com/LkgopUBHzO11:51 PM

Andy Larsen @andyblarsen
Dallas beats Utah 126-118, making it a 2-1 series despite no Doncic.
Mitchell finished with 32, Bogdanovic 24 points on 8-12 FG. Conley added 21.
The big story tonight, though? The complete inability of the Jazz’s perimeter defenders to guard at the point of attack. – 11:50 PM

Tim MacMahon @espn_macmahon
Luka Doncic has yet to play a second, but Jalen Brunson has been the best player in this series so far. Mavs take a 2-1 lead with a win in Utah. Jazz are scrambling for solutions. – 11:48 PM

Chris Vernon @ChrisVernonShow
losing to the mavs without luka twice, once at home – is outrageous. Here comes @Kevin O’Connor!! pic.twitter.com/Ijd9EidL3l11:47 PM

Josh Newman @Joshua_Newman
Wouldn’t argue if Dallas opted to sit Doncic in Game 4.
Not like the Mavs need him right now. – 11:43 PM

Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Low-key hilarious how it went from “Can the Mavs make it a series without Luka Doncic to give Devin Booker more time?” to “Slow down, Dallas, damn” – 11:42 PM

Michael Lee @MrMichaelLee
Rest up, Luka. Don’t rush back. – 11:42 PM

Callie Caplan @CallieCaplan
Jazz outscored the Mavs 40-29 in the third quarter. I’m not an expert, but I think Jason Kidd will address the defense during this break. – 11:10 PM

Callie Caplan @CallieCaplan
I think I just saw Luka Doncic’s first explosive movement post-calf strain.
The bench went absolutely bonkers for that Spencer Dinwiddie dunk on Rudy Gobert. – 10:42 PM

Callie Caplan @CallieCaplan
Mavs lead the Jazz 68-51 at half — without Luka Doncic and with Jalen Brunson getting tossed in a washing machine.
Anyone who says they saw this coming is also a liar. – 10:23 PM

David Morrow @_DavidMorrow
I mean I guess if you make every 3 you take, who needs Luka? – 10:17 PM

Brad Townsend @townbrad
Luka, I mean, Jalen Brunson, is 21-of-31 from the field in the last 5.5 quarters of this series. – 10:02 PM

Ben Anderson @BensHoops
There was a real question going into this series, with Luka out, if the Jazz had the three best players on the floor.
Real question now is do they even have the first? – 10:01 PM

Ben Anderson @BensHoops
Hard to blame Bogey for not being able to stay in front of Jalen Brunson.
But it’s emblematic of why the Mavericks should have supreme confidence regardless of whether Luka is playin or not.
Find the mismatch, put your head down, good things will happen. – 9:57 PM

Andy Larsen @andyblarsen
Powell picks up his 3rd foul with 7:55 left 2Q, Jason Kidd calls timeout after the 2-0 Jazz run.
Dallas still leads 37-26. That the Jazz are currently on pace for 15 threes is crazy… they’re playing 2005 basketball right now. – 9:54 PM

Callie Caplan @CallieCaplan
Josh Green picked a real fun time to hit his first two playoff 3-pointers.
The guys the Mavs wanted to step up most in Luka Doncic’s absence have done exactly that so far in what’s likely Luka’s last absence. – 9:35 PM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Maxi Kleber out here telling Luka “Take your time. I got this.” – 9:26 PM

Eddie Sefko @ESefko
Out here at Goodfriends Beer Garden and Burger House in East Dallas and fans are into the Mavericks-Jazz game. Optimism is high, even with Luka sitting out tonight. Story coming later in the game at mavs.com9:22 PM

Michael Dugat @mdug
Very few thought Brunson would ever be this good.
Related, how incredible is getting Luka and Brunson in the same draft? – 9:21 PM

Ben Anderson @BensHoops
Quin Snyder discussed preparing for the @Dallas Mavericks with and without Luka Doncic before Game 3, potentially the last game the @Utah Jazz will see the floor without the superstar.
#TakeNote | @kslsports pic.twitter.com/mu6HnhzG2f8:21 PM

Callie Caplan @CallieCaplan
Luka Doncic is out on the Vivint Arena court for a pregame shooting session — and for a good laugh at Peter Patton’s expense when he faked him in the post with a no-look toss and swish. pic.twitter.com/SqwHccEHL47:49 PM

Eric Walden @tribjazz
Jason Kidd, asked what he would do to help his team withstand the early energy of the game, jokingly replied: “Yeah, we asked if we could bring some oxygen tanks on the side for the altitude, and we also asked if we could have some extra timeouts. … We’re still waiting.” – 7:44 PM

Callie Caplan @CallieCaplan
Jason Kidd confirms Luka Doncic will not play tonight vs. Jazz: “He continues to progress. We said from the start of his injury we would be cautious, and we feel like sitting him tonight follows that plan.” dallasnews.com/sports/maveric…7:43 PM

Ryan Miller @millerjryan
Jason Kidd: “We asked to have some oxygen tanks on the side, and we asked for some extra timeouts. “
Reporter: “I’m sure that wasn’t accommodated.”
Kidd deadpans: “Well, we’re still waiting.” – 7:38 PM

Ryan Miller @millerjryan
When asked about Utah’s lack of made transition 3s in the series, Jason Kidd said, “We’ve dodged some bullets.” – 7:35 PM

Eric Walden @tribjazz
Jason Kidd, talking about the Jazz’s proclivity for taking and making early 3s, says, “We’ve dodged some bullets. They’ve had some really good looks.” Expects the Jazz to push the pace and cited the need for Dallas to improve its transition defense. – 7:35 PM

Ben Anderson @BensHoops
Jason Kidd confirms Luka Doncic is out tonight for the @Dallas Mavericks.
#TakeNote | ⁦@kslsports⁩ pic.twitter.com/PGbvSdYFEu7:33 PM

Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina
Dallas Mavericks officially rule out Luka Doncic for Game 3 tonight vs Jazz because of his left calf strain – 7:33 PM

Callie Caplan @CallieCaplan
Jazz coach Quin Snyder on Jalen Brunson: “When he’s dribbling the ball, he’s constantly using his feet to get you off balance, and he’s able to use his strength to hold the line and use his body to create space.”
Said Jazz have plan for Luka, but Jalen has shown little dropoff. – 7:32 PM

Dwain Price @DwainPrice
Luka will not play tonight. Kidd said Luka is making progress. – 7:32 PM

Ryan Miller @millerjryan
Jason Kidd confirms that Luka Doncic will not play.
“We are going to be cautious.” – 7:31 PM

Mark Followill @MFollowill
Luka is out for G3, confirmed by Jason Kidd. – 7:31 PM

Brad Townsend @townbrad
Kidd makes it official: No Doncic. – 7:31 PM

David Locke @DLocke09
Luka Doncic is out for game 3 – 7:31 PM

Eric Walden @tribjazz
Mavericks coach Jason Kidd confirms the widespread reports that Luka Doncic is OUT for tonight’s Game 3 vs. the Jazz. – 7:31 PM

Eddie Sefko @ESefko
Presumably, we’ll hear the official word on Luka when Jason Kidd has his pregamer in about 30 minutes. If he’s out, as is being reported, here’s hoping the Mavericks packed their shooting eyes on the trip to Utah. – 6:59 PM

Jon Hamm @JonMHamm
Maybe Luka would have recovered from his calf strain by now if he tried… pic.twitter.com/FZsQwzORVU6:43 PM

Eddie Sefko @ESefko
Injuries really impacting the playoff landscape. Luka reportedly out again for Game 3, now we learn that Milwaukee has lost Khris Middleton until at least the second round and Devin Booker is out for a while for Phoenix. No sure things in this crazy year. – 6:43 PM

Adam Wexler @AdamJWexler
How would this starting five of players injured since April 10th fare in the playoffs – if healthy?
Booker, Luka, Barnes, Middleton, Capela – 6:21 PM

Kurt Helin @basketballtalk
Luka Doncic out for Game 3 in Utah, expected to return for Game 4 nba.nbcsports.com/2022/04/21/luk…6:17 PM

Adrian Wojnarowski @wojespn
ESPN story on Dallas star Luka Doncic ruled out for Game 3 vs. Utah tonight: es.pn/3L4jqPF6:14 PM

Brad Townsend @townbrad
From @Callie Caplan:
Mavericks star Luka Doncic (calf) out for Game 3 vs. Jazz, source says dallasnews.com/sports/maveric…5:52 PM

Tony Mejia @MejiaDinero
No Luka tonight is official. Jazz -8 is likely to be bet up but Utah has looked awfully vulnerable over the past few weeks. Be patient and you might be able to get Mavs +9 by tip-off. I’ll play a couple of props but passing on Game 3 side and total – 5:51 PM

Callie Caplan @CallieCaplan
Source: Luka Doncic will not play tonight in Mavs’ Game 3 vs. Utah Jazz, confirming @Adrian Wojnarowski‘s first report. dallasnews.com/sports/maveric…5:48 PM

Marc Stein @TheSteinLine
The Mavericks plan to bring Luka Doncic back from injury for Saturday’s Game 4 in Utah after ruling him out for tonight’s Game 3, league sources say.
More series coverage from me via @BallySportsSW
More NBA coverage from me: marcstein.Substack.com5:46 PM

Adrian Wojnarowski @wojespn
ESPN story on pessimism surrounding Dallas star Luka Doncic’s availability for a return vs. Utah in Game 3 tonight: es.pn/3ECiDTF3:22 PM

Eric Walden @tribjazz
At their morning shootaround ahead of Thursday’s Game 3, the Dallas Mavericks discussed Luka Doncic’s health status, what they’re doing differently without him, defending Donovan Mitchell, and taking away the Utah Jazz’s 3-point looks. sltrib.com/sports/jazz/20…2:50 PM

Tim Cato @tim_cato
the Mavericks’ success this series has come from:
— tightening the rotation
— creating good 3s
— limiting Utah’s 3s
— scoring in transition
i examined those trends and how Luka’s return would affect them theathletic.com/3259262/2022/0…2:22 PM

Tim MacMahon @espn_macmahon
“Feeling great,” Luka Doncic said after an extensive post-shootaround individual session that included running, ballhandling and shooting. Still no definitive word on his Game 3 status. – 2:19 PM

Emiliano Carchia @Sportando
Jason Kidd on Luka Doncic’s status: We’ll see how he feels at game time
sportando.basketball/en/jason-kidd-…2:16 PM

Mark Followill @MFollowill
Jason Kidd, speaking after today’s shootaround, with the latest on Luka’s Game 3 status, “We’ll see how he feels at game time. He’ll get with the trainers, do what he normally does for his workout. He’ll shoot and then we’ll make that decision.” – 2:10 PM

Luka Doncic injury update: Mavericks star will be game-time decision in Game 3 vs. Jazz
cbssports.com/nba/news/luka-…2:00 PM

More on this storyline

Tim MacMahon: Jason Kidd on Luka Doncic: “He continues to progress, but as we’ve said from the start, we’re going to be cautious with his injury. Sitting him tonight fits with that.” -via Twitter @espn_macmahon / April 21, 2022

Brad Townsend: Quin Snyder, asked if Jazz prepared to face Doncic in G3, says “that’s been an undercurrent throughout the series,” then notes the difficulty of facing Brunson-Dinwiddie. -via Twitter @townbrad / April 21, 2022

Marc Stein: Doncic has made considerable progress this week in his recovery from a left calf strain — partaking in more basketball activity Tuesday and Wednesday than initially hoped — but Dallas decides to wait until Game 4. More on the pre-game show tonight at 7 CT via @BallySportsSW. -via Twitter @TheSteinLine / April 21, 2022