Absent since December 10 due to injury and then due to the NBA’s health protocol concerning the coronavirus, Luka Doncic was authorized to resume competition. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, meanwhile, has been placed in solitary confinement.
Dallas Mavericks supporters will be smiling again. After three weeks of absence and no less than ten matches, Luka Doncic should be present on the floor of the Paycom Center in Oklahoma City this Sunday. Indeed, the Slovenian leader has finally received the authorization to resume competition after a series of misadventures. The player trained at Real Madrid before becoming the star of the Mavs has not been able to play since December 10 and a loss conceded on the floor of the Indiana Pacers. On the occasion of this meeting, Luka Doncic had aggravated a sprained left ankle and had been forced to miss five games, with a return that was to take place on December 23 against the Milwaukee Bucks. It was then the coronavirus which brought the native of Ljubljana to a halt and placed him in the health protocol put in place by the NBA in order to limit the consequences of contamination. An isolation which, according to information from the American channel ESPN ended and will allow the Slovenian to return to competition.
Oklahoma City Thunder star Shai Gilgeous-Alexander has entered Covid protocols – and rookie Josh Giddey has exited, according to league portal. OKC plays Dallas on Sunday.
– Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) January 1, 2022
Gilgeous-Alexander in turn in solitary confinement
A return to the floors that could take place this Sunday with the trip to the floor of the Thunder. Without Luka Doncic and with a workforce often severely amputated by the coronavirus, the Mavs had a record of five wins for five losses and a seventh place in the Western Conference standings. However, the 22-year-old will not be the only one to return to the competition. Indeed, Tim Hardaway Jr and Maxi Kleber were also allowed to leave the draconian health protocol of the NBA. The Mavericks’ next opponent, the Oklahoma City Thunder, will be weakened. The best player in the Oklahoma franchise has been placed in the NBA health protocol. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (22.7 points, 4.8 rebounds & 5.2 assists on average per game) joins long list of unavailable Thunder players after having tested positive for the coronavirus, in which we find Darius Bazley, Aleksej Pokusevski or the trainer Mark Daigneault. Josh Giddey, the Thunder’s top passer and rebounder, is officially out.