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ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski: "Increasing Optimism" Luka Doncic Will Play In Game 4

Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic

DALLAS, TEXAS - APRIL 08: Luka Doncic #77 of the Dallas Mavericks reacts after a basket in the second half against the Portland Trail Blazers at American Airlines Center on April 08, 2022 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Tim Heitman/Getty Images)

The Dallas Mavericks are about to receive a major boost to their starting lineup. According to ESPN insider Adrian Wojnarowski, there's "increasing optimism" that Luka Doncic will play in Game 4 against the Utah Jazz.

Obviously, the Mavericks would love to have Doncic back on the court as soon as possible - albeit the team has been in good hands with Jalen Brunson running the show. Brunson is averaging 32.0 points, 5.3 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game for the Mavericks this postseason.

Doncic has missed the first three games of the Mavericks' first-round series due to a calf strain.

With that said, Doncic did play 5-on-5 on Thursday and Friday. That's a strong sign that he's just about ready for action.

It's worth noting that Mavericks head coach Jason Kidd hasn't committed to Doncic playing in Game 4.

"Optimistic? Uh, that's a good word," Kidd told reporters on Friday. "I think when you look at what he's done up until this point, he's going in the right direction. He's listening to the medical [staff], he's doing all the work, there hasn't been any setbacks."

If Doncic can return to the hardwood for Game 4 and compete at an All-Star level, the Mavericks could take a commanding 3-1 series lead over the Jazz.

Tipoff for Game 4 is at 4:30 p.m. ET.