OAKLAND, Calif. — After a monstrous first quarter, Luka Doncic exited the Dallas Mavericks’ 120-116 loss to the Golden State Warriors early after crashing right into a baseline chair whereas driving to the basket and struggling a left hip contusion.

After the sport, Doncic lumbered across the locker room with slight limp and a bag of ice saddled to his hip.

“I feel it’s only a hit,” Doncic mentioned. “We’ll see tomorrow how it’s and if I can play.”

Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle additionally mentioned he didn’t suppose the harm was severe, however mentioned that he would have a clearer image of the harm earlier than the Mavericks play in Portland on Sunday. Doncic missed one recreation earlier this season with a proper hip pressure.

The harm lower brief one other highlight-reel night time for him.

Within the first quarter on Saturday, Doncic navigated the Warriors’ residence ground like a seasoned veteran, zig-zagging by means of double groups set by former league and Finals MVPs and hovering to the basket for an authoritative dunk. He splashed in a Three-pointer over Jonas Jerebko and dunked over Kevin Durant and Shaun Livingston’s double-team, drawing “oohs” from the sold-out Oracle crowd.

To an untrained eye, it will appear that he had been right here earlier than, in a single of the toughest arenas for a highway workforce to win in.

Doncic completed the primary interval with 14 factors, probably the most by a rookie within the first quarter against the Warriors within the Steve Kerr period. Within the second quarter, he went chilly, going Zero-for-Three from the sector. The Mavericks clung to a three-point lead on the break.

Doncic toppled into the baseline chairs with four:52 remaining within the third quarter, however stayed within the recreation for about two minutes (and eight possessions). He returned to the sport for a virtually three-minute stretch within the fourth quarter earlier than heading again to the bench. He didn’t return for the Mavericks’ last push to shut the Warriors 17-point lead to one.

Doncic completed the sport with 19 factors, three rebounds and 5 assists in 20 minutes and 40 seconds of enjoying time (Getting into Saturday’ contest, Doncic averaged 32.four minutes of enjoying time per recreation — probably the most of any participant within the 2018 rookie class).

After the sport, he gifted his signed jersey to 10-year-old Eric Kocher, whom Doncic tumbled into within the third quarter and was unhurt.

Draymond Inexperienced had excessive reward for Doncic.

“That dude good,” Inexperienced mentioned. “He bought it. He going to be an issue. He already an issue, however he is going to be actually good for a very long time. He’s thrilling to watch. He has variety of lifted that franchise.”

Inexperienced’s compliments weren’t the primary that Doncic has garnered over the previous week. Kings coach Dave Joeger mentioned that he “does not see a ceiling” for the younger guard, LeBron James mentioned that Doncic was on the record of gamers he fantasizes about enjoying alongside. And Mavericks proprietor Mark Cuban mentioned that every one gamers ought to emulate Doncic’s path of enjoying professionally within the EuroLeague earlier than being drafted to the NBA.

Nonetheless, the Mavericks stagger up to the Pacific Northwest on a five-game dropping streak.

“Our stage of combat was good all night time,” Carlisle mentioned. “We simply have to hold transferring ahead.”

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