The Dallas Mavericks knew they would have to scratch and claw to upset the Golden State Warriors in Game 1 at the Chase Center in San Francisco, where the Warriors are undefeated so far in these playoffs.
However it was Mavs star Luka Doncic who was literally scratched and clawed, and the Warriors ran away with a 112-87 win and a 1-0 series lead. In his worst playoff performance yet, Doncic got scratched in the face in the first quarter with a red scar on his face running from his nose across his right cheek.
"It's good. Makes me look tough," Doncic said of the scar after the game.
Doncic plans on getting treatment on his shoulder as well, which he was holding throughout parts of the game wincing in pain.
And there's one other thing ...
Is Luka sick?
He was apparently battling an illness this week (read here). But the Mavs have released their Game 2 starting lineup and injury report.
Luka's name is on the first list.
It's not on the second.
Mavericks probable starting lineup:
F Reggie Bullock – North Carolina – #25
F Dorian Finney-Smith – Florida – #10
C Dwight Powell – Stanford – #7
G Jalen Brunson – Villanova – #13
G Luka Doncic – Slovenia – #77
Warriors probable starting lineup
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F Andrew Wiggins – Kansas – #22
F Draymond Green – Michigan State – #23
C Kevon Looney – UCLA – #5
G Klay Thompson – Washington State – #11
G Stephen Curry – Davidson – #30
Game 2 Injury Report
Tim Hardaway Jr. – Left Foot Surgery – Out
Gary Payton II – Left Elbow Fracture – Out
Andre Iguodala – Left Cervical Disc – Out
James Wiseman – Right Knee Injury Management- Out
Doncic had more turnovers (7) than field goals made (6) for the first time in his playoff career (24 games). The seven turnovers are tied for his highest in the playoffs. After scoring 18 points in the first half, Doncic was held to just two points in the entire second half.
"Yeah, they threw a couple looks, the zone, the box-and-one, things that we talked about," coach Jason Kidd said after the game. "There was no surprise. But they're a physical -- they set the tone right off the bat. As we've talked in the Playoffs, the team that's physical tends to find a way to win. We have to get back to being physical.
It was a poor performance on both ends by Doncic's lofty standards, and he'll look to bounce back strong in Game 2, in which Dallas is a 6.5-point underdog. The good news is history is on their side; This season, after the Mavs lost a game by 20 or more points they won the next game every time (including Game 6 against the Suns).
"Looking ahead to Game 2, of course," said Doncic, who it can be argued is "built for this.'' "It's one game. That's what the Playoffs is about. If you lose by one or lose by 40, it's a loss. We've just got to get ready for Game 2 now."