DALLAS — The Dallas Mavericks are set to host the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals on Saturday night. Dallas has an opportunity to clinch a series win. Luka Doncic is listed on the injury report once again, however.

Doncic has battled injuries throughout the series but has yet to miss a game. He has played hard and despite struggling at times, Doncic bounced back with a 31-point triple-double in Game 5.

The Mavs have stepped up as a team as well. Kyrie Irving has played the role of orchestrator, often leading the team with his offensive distributing and defensive hustle.

PJ Washington has been one of the Mavericks best scorers in the series. Derrick Jones Jr., Daniel Gafford, and Dereck Lively II have enjoyed big moments as well.

When Doncic is performing well, though, this Mavericks team is difficult to stop. So is Luka Doncic playing tonight vs. the Thunder?

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Luka Doncic's injury status for Game 6 vs. Thunder

Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (77) shoots a three-point basket over Oklahoma City Thunder guard Luguentz Dort (5) during the second half of game five of the second round for the 2024 NBA playoffs at Paycom Center.
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Doncic was initially listed as probable with a right knee sprain and left ankle soreness. Maxi Kleber has a chance to return in the postseason if Dallas advances, but he has been ruled out for Game 6 due to a shoulder injury. Meanwhile, Olivier-Maxence Prosper is also out due to a left ankle sprain.

Fortunately, Doncic has since been upgraded to available.

As mentioned, Doncic had been rather inefficient with his shot before Game 5. He turned a corner in Game 5 with 31 points, 10 rebounds, and 11 assists. Doncic also finished the game with 12-22 (54.5 percent) shooting from the field and 5-11 (45.5 percent) shooting from beyond the arc.

It felt inevitable that at some point Luka would have a huge game. He had still been finding ways to help the team earn victories, but the Mavs needed a vintage Luka Doncic performance. And that is exactly what they received in Game 5.

Perhaps in Game 6 Doncic will perform well once again. It also would not be surprising to see Kyrie Irving have his first big scoring performance of the series. Kyrie is more than capable of lighting up the scoreboard on any given night.

As for Doncic, his willingness to play through injuries is admirable. Mavs head coach Jason Kidd addressed the matter on Friday while speaking to reporters.

“It just shows his toughness,” Kidd said. “His will to help the team win. He's banged up. He's gonna go out there and play and understand that the physicality is going to be high that he has to go through. Again, just what he's given us has helped us win games and that's what we're gonna need tomorrow night.”

Doncic has refused to complain or make excuses about his injuries. He is focused on helping the Mavericks win in the NBA playoffs. Now, Dallas is just one victory away from their second Western Conference Finals appearance within the past three years.

As for the question of if Luka Doncic is playing tonight in Game 6 vs the Thunder, the answer is YES.