Luka Doncic isn't at a hundred percent. The Dallas Mavericks star was clearly hampered during their Game 4 loss against the Los Angeles Clippers.

But instead of the usual nicks and bruises towards a player's knee, arm, or hamstring, the Mavs star has been held back by a lingering neck injury. His head coach Rick Carlisle spoke out about how badly it's hampered Doncic:

“He's in pain. It appeared to me that he couldn't turn left, couldn't look to his left, and that's difficult for a guy that relies on peripheral vision and basically has played his whole life with his head on a swivel.” (via Mavs reporter Callie Caplan)

Carlisle's words ring very true, even if Luka himself wouldn't like to admit it. For a player like Doncic who orchestrates the entire offense with his vision and passing, being unable to freely move your head is a terrible fate. It'd be a different story for spot-up shooters or rim-protectors who have much more simplistic roles on the court.

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But ask Luka Doncic himself and he won't give himself any excuses for playing poorly. The Mavs frontman finished with just 19 points on 9-for-24 shooting from the field, after averaging exactly double that total through Games 1 to 3.


Nevertheless, the Mavs star will have to tough it out as the series shifts back to Los Angeles for Game 5.