Is Luka Doncic playing tonight against OKC Thunder? Latest on Mavericks star's Game 6 status (May 18) 

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Is Luka Doncic playing tonight against OKC Thunder?

Luka Doncic is available to play against the OKC Thunder in Saturday's closeout Game 6 opportunity for the Dallas Mavericks in the West semis. He has played all playoff games but has been on the injury report since Game 3 of the first-round series against the LA Clippers, citing various ailments.

Despite another appearance on the injury report, the five-time NBA All-Star is expected to suit up as Dallas aims to close the Thunder at home and make its second conference finals appearance in three years.


What happened to Luka Doncic?

Doncic was on the Mavericks' injury report, citing a right knee sprain and left ankle soreness. He endured the knee injury against the Clippers in Game 2 and hasn't seemed to fully recover from it. Doncic collided with Russell Westbrook on a drive, leading to the injury.

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Meanwhile, he sustained an ankle injury in Game 2 against the Thunder after Cason Wallace accidentally tripped him. Doncic also suffered a right ankle injury in Game 4, but that seemingly isn't bothering him anymore.


Luka Doncic 2024 NBA Playoffs Stats vs. OKC Thunder

Luka Doncic's 2024 NBA Playoffs Western Conference semis against the OKC Thunder has been far from a smooth ride. He hasn't struggled more in a playoff series before. Nevertheless, Doncic has put up 23.8 points, 10.6 rebounds and 8.4 assists, shooting 42.4%, 35.0% from 3 and 67.7% from the free throw line.

While the scoring and shooting numbers are subpar by his standards, they are still respectable and probably the best for many lead players on other teams. Doncic also bounced back in the 104-92 Game 5 win, tallying 31 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists, shooting 54.5%, including 45.5% from 3.

He also had a clutch block against Shai Gilegous-Alexander with a minute left, which significantly helped the Mavericks close the game.

Doncic and the Mavericks will hope that it was a sustainable comeback performance, which could be replicated with a chance to advance on the line. A loss will swing the momentum back in OKC's favor, who will get to play Game 7 at home.


How to watch OKC Thunder vs. Dallas Mavericks Game 6?

ABC will broadcast the OKC Thunder vs. Dallas Mavericks Game 6 at American Airlines Center, while Bally Sports Oklahoma and Bally Sports Southwest will provide coverage in local areas. Fans outside the US can catch live action online via NBA League Pass. Tipoff is at 8 p.m. ET.

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