Luka Doncic Gives Major Update on Potential Injury After Heartbreaking Tokyo Olympics Loss

Published 08/08/2021, 8:30 AM EDT
Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Basketball – Men – Group C – Argentina v Slovenia – Saitama Super Arena, Saitama, Japan – July 26, 2021. Luka Doncic of Slovenia REUTERS/Brian Snyder


Team USA raised their hands as they won the gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics. However, not all teams had a sweet end to their hard work. Notably, Slovenia and Luka Doncic. They had a great run through the entire tournament, but couldn’t bring a medal.

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After losing to France, Slovenia had to battle Australia for the bronze medal. Luka Doncic created yet another record in the semi-finals against France with the 2nd most assists in an Olympic game. However, he could not get the Slovenians over the line because he had a bad shooting night.

Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Basketball – Men – Group C – Slovenia v Japan – Saitama Super Arena, Saitama, Japan – July 29, 2021. Luka Doncic of Slovenia during the warm up before the match REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis

In the Bronze medal game, Luka suffered a similar story. Even though he added 22 points, he shot just 7-20 from the field. Thanks to Patty Mills’ 43 point performance, Australia won their first-ever medal on the big stage. Now, reports are circulating around Luka Doncic suffering a wrist injury during the Olympics.

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After the game against Australia, Luka was asked about his wrist injury and he gave an update.

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Luka Doncic needs time

Luka Doncic reflected on the fact that he has had no rest since the start of the NBA season. He said that he will be fine, but needs time to rest up. Obviously heartbroken, Luka will now look to reunite with Dallas after his break.

Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Basketball – Men – Group C – Slovenia v Japan – Saitama Super Arena, Saitama, Japan – July 29, 2021. Luka Doncic of Slovenia in action with Daiki Tanaka of Japan and Y. Watanabe of Japan REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis

He said, “My wrist is going to be fine, I need a couple of days off from basketball. I’ve had every day basketball since the beginning of NBA season. A lot of games, so I need a couple days off.”

It really has been an exhausting season for Luka Doncic. However, he could win nothing for his club or country. He gave it his all in both places, averaging 35.7 points in the playoffs for the Mavs. And, he also put up ridiculous numbers for Slovenia in the Olympics.

Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Basketball – Men – Group C – Argentina v Slovenia – Saitama Super Arena, Saitama, Japan – July 26, 2021. Luka Doncic of Slovenia reacts REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Asking for just a few days of rest is really the most shocking part. Not only does he have an injury, but he must be worn out as well. Luka had one of the most memorable Olympics when it comes to his performances. Records are the one thing that comes to mind.

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The young star made his mark, leading Slovenia to their maiden Olympic basketball birth. And he lived up to the hopes of his people. In his first-ever Olympic game, he scored 48 points, which is the 2nd most in history. Then against France, he dished out 18 assists, which is also second-most in Olympic history. However, that did not prove to be enough.

Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Basketball – Men – Group C – Slovenia v Japan – Saitama Super Arena, Saitama, Japan – July 29, 2021. Luka Doncic of Slovenia in action REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis

Now, he will hope to have a competing NBA season with the Dallas Mavericks once he returns. Do you think Luka Doncic can bring a title to Dallas like Dirk?

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Anuj Talwalkar

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Anuj Talwalkar is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He is a student studying at NM College in Mumbai, aspiring to pursue sports management to follow his love for sports. Anuj started following the NBA last year, and he loves to combine his passion for writing with his understanding of basketball.

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