Is Luka Doncic playing tonight against Boston Celtics? Latest update on All-Star's Game 3 status (June 12)

Is Luka Doncic playing tonight against Boston Celtics? Latest update
Is Luka Doncic playing tonight against Boston Celtics? Latest update

Luka Doncic is probable to play in Wednesday's Game 3 of the 2024 NBA Finals against the Boston Celtics. The Dallas Mavericks superstar has made the injury report again. Doncic has appeared in all playoff games for which he's had an iffy status, and that's likely to be the case tonight at the American Airlines Center.

It would be his first finals game in front of the Mavericks' faithful at home. With Dallas down 0-2, the stakes couldn't have been much higher, likely prompting Doncic to suit up amid his injury troubles.

What happened to Luka Doncic?

Luka Doncic is on the injury report, citing a thoracic contusion. It's a chest injury he sustained after Game 1. Doncic entered Game 2 after a questionable status because of the ailment. He said it may have been a result of taking a defensive charge because he didn't feel the injury until the next day.

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Ahead of Wednesday's contest, Doncic assured he feels good but didn't go into detail about his latest injury setback. Prior to the chest issue, he was dealing with right knee and left ankle injuries he suffered earlier in the playoffs.

Luka Doncic 2024 NBA Finals Stats vs. Boston Celtics

Doncic has been the lone bright spot for Dallas in its 2024 NBA Finals battle against Boston. He has averaged 31.0 points, 10.5 rebounds and 6.5 assists, shooting on 51/38/46 splits across the first two games.

However, Doncic has had his shortcomings. His free throw shooting has been awful after missing seven of his 12 attempts in the series. Doncic has committed 6.0 turnovers per contest. Meanwhile, he's been the worst defender on the perimeter for the Mavericks.

He was blown by on 13 drives in Game 2 alone. Doncic has been inefficient in containing players with the ball on the perimeter, sparking the chain reaction of several defensive collapses for the Mavericks. He's been hunted at will by the Celtics because of this. He must ensure to cover ground in that aspect as it will be critical to Dallas' hopes of surviving in this contest with a Game 3 win.

How to watch Boston Celtics vs Dallas Mavericks Game 3?

The Celtics-Mavericks Game 3 will be televised by ABC nationally. NBC Sports Boston and Bally Sports Southwest will provide local coverage. Fans in the US can stream the game online via SlingTV, FuboTV and Hulu+Live TV if they can't access NBA League Pass, the online streaming option for fans abroad.

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