Absent since December 10 due to injury and then due to the NBA’s health protocol concerning the coronavirus, Luka Doncic has been authorized to return to competition. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, for his part, was placed in solitary confinement.
Dallas Mavericks fans will smile 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 permission 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 defeat conceded on the floor of the Indiana Pacers. During this meeting, Luka Doncic had aggravated a sprained left ankle and was 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 stopped the native of Ljubljana in his tracks 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 courts which could take place this Sunday with the move to the Thunder court. Without Luka Doncic and with a workforce often largely amputated by the coronavirus, the Mavs had a record of five wins for five losses and seventh place in the Western Conference standings. However, the 22-year-old won’t be the only one returning to competition. Indeed, Tim Hardaway Jr and Maxi Kleber have also been authorized to leave the draconian health protocol of the NBA. Next opponent of the Mavericks, 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 and 5.2 assists averaged per game) joins long list of unavailable Thunder players after being tested positive for the coronavirus, in which we find Darius Bazley, Aleksej Pokusevski or even coach Mark Daigneault. Josh Giddey, the Thunder’s top passer and rebounder, is officially out.