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Luka Doncic opens up on doubts about Orlando bubble

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During a conference call with Dallas Mavericks reporters on Friday, Mavs superstar Luka Doncic said he never considered dropping out of the “bubble” games.

Numerous players in the NBA have decided to not play in Orlando due to health concerns. While Doncic understands why some guys are hesitant to suit up, the new Mavs franchise player is ready to play the game he loves again.

“I never hesitated. I missed basketball a lot, so I just wanted to play,” Luka Doncic said. “There was no question about me. I always wanted to play.”

The Mavs acquired Willie Cauley-Stein from the Golden State Warriors after losing Dwight Powell to an Achilles tear earlier in the season. However, Cauley-Stein won’t be in Orlando, as he and his partner are expecting a baby in July.

A total of 22 teams will be partaking in the resumption of the season, with each club playing eight seeding games before the 2020 playoffs start. The Mavs are in seventh place in the Western Conference standings and have already clinched a playoff spot.

Before the season was suspended in March, Luka Doncic was playing at an MVP level for the Mavs. The Slovenian Wonder Boy was averaging 28.7 points, 9.3 rebounds and 8.7 assists while shooting 46.1 percent from the field, 31.8 percent from beyond the arc and 75.2 percent from the free-throw line.

Once the 2020 playoffs start, the Mavs will ultimately go as far as Doncic and fellow All-Star Kristaps Porzingis can take the franchise. Since Dallas hasn’t won a playoff series since the 2011 championship over the Miami Heat, fans are excited to see how the Dynamic Euros are going to perform in their first playoff series in the NBA.

Thus far, Trevor Ariza, Avery Bradley, Davis Bertans, Cauley-Stein, Wilson Chandler, DeAndre Jordan and Victor Oladipo have dropped out of the “bubble” games.