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Kyrie and Doncic to Sit Out Mavericks’ Final Two Regular Season Games

Dallas Mavericks’ Kyrie Irving is set to miss the final two regular-season games as this marks the end of his streak of playing 31 consecutive matches. The star guard, who had his longest stretch of games since 2015-16, is sidelined due to left hamstring soreness.

Similarly, co-star Luka Doncic, the NBA’s scoring leader, will also miss the last two games due to left ankle soreness, as confirmed by Head Coach Jason Kidd on Friday.

Despite the absence of their key players, the Mavericks are ensured of finishing no lower than fifth in the Western Conference with two games remaining.

This setback comes as Dallas aims for the No. 4 seed and home-court advantage in the first round against the Los Angeles Clippers, a feat achievable only if they win both remaining games while the Clippers lose twice.

This isn’t the first time Dallas will play without both backcourt stars this season, having lost the previous three games under similar circumstances. Despite their absence, the team remains hopeful for a strong finish.

Irving’s tenure with the Mavericks, following a blockbuster deal with Brooklyn last season, has been marred by injuries, limiting his time alongside Doncic.

The duo’s synergy was hampered by injuries during their brief stint together, contributing to the Mavericks’ failure to make the playoffs last season.

Injuries continued to plague Irving this season, with a bruised heel and a sprained thumb sidelining the 32-year-old for a significant portion of December to February, missing 18 of 28 games during that span.

However, Dallas witnessed a significant improvement upon Irving’s return from the thumb injury, boasting a record of 24-7 with him in the lineup, propelling them from a precarious spot in the play-in tournament to a guaranteed playoff berth among the top six in the West.

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