Luka Dončić Mar 8, 2023; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (77) reacts as he passes the ball to forward Tim Hardaway Jr. (11) against the New Orleans Pelicans during the first half at Smoothie King Center. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

Luka Dončić left Wednesday’s game against the New Orleans Pelicans in the third quarter with an injury to his left thigh. Worse for the Dallas Mavericks and their fans, it sounds like Dončić will be out of action for longer.

After the game, Dončić addressed the media and bluntly said, “not good.”

He later explained that he’s been hurt since shortly after the All-Star Break, and that running and pushing off have been difficult. Dončić will also have an MRI on Thursday.

This led to some obvious questions and concerns.

If any player is clearly hobbled and not playing to the best of his abilities, the team and its medical crew need to step in and investigate the matter.

This is especially true when the player in question is your franchise player and one of the best in the entire league. Any player slipping through the cracks and playing hurt without the organization realizing it (and Dončić wasn’t listed on the injury report) would be a bad look for the organization. When it’s a player of this caliber, it’s even worse.

The hope for Dončić, the Mavericks and their fans is that the injury won’t be too severe. But regardless of how it turns out, this isn’t a great look for the organization.

[Grant Afseth]

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