The Dallas Mavericks got their biggest star back for Game 4 on Saturday. All-Star guard Luka Doncic started after missing the first three games of the team's series against the Utah Jazz due to a calf strain.
The Mavericks listed Doncic as available prior to the contest. Head coach Jason Kidd confirmed Doncic would play in Game 4.
Doncic originally sustained the calf injury during the Mavericks' final game of the regular season. He left that contest in the third quarter.
The Mavericks remained optimistic about Doncic's return, providing encouraging updates about his status throughout the series. Following the Mavericks' win in Game 2, the team said Doncic had a chance to return in Game 3. Doncic was unable to make it back in time, but Dallas won anyway.
Doncic averaged 28.4 points, 9.1 rebounds and 8.7 assists per game this season.
Dallas lost 100-99 on a Donovan Mitchell-to-Rudy Gobert alley-oop Saturday. Doncic had 30 points and 10 rebounds in the loss.
The No. 4-seeded Mavericks and the No. 5-seeded Jazz are tied 2-2 in the first round of the playoffs. Game 5 is set for Monday in Dallas.
The winner of the series will meet the winner of the No. 1 Phoenix Suns vs. No. 8 New Orleans Pelicans. The Suns have a 2-1 lead in that series.