Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic will miss at least the next six games while dealing with a moderate sprain in his right ankle, Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM on Friday.
Doncic stepped on a teammates’ foot and rolled his ankle while diving under the basket near the end of practice on Thursday, and left the workout early. He underwent an MRI on Friday and it revealed the moderate sprain in his right ankle, which is the same one he sprained in December, forcing him to miss four games.
Though this injury “looked a little worse” than the first one, per Brad Townsend of the Dallas Morning News, the diagnosis is likely welcome news for the Mavericks.
Doncic will miss the next six games for Dallas, starting with its matchup against the Houston Rockets on Friday night. Should things go well, the earliest he’d take the court again would be on Feb. 10 when the Mavericks host the Utah Jazz — their second-to-last game before the All-Star break, where Doncic was named a starter for the All-Star game.
“I believe he’s going to be OK by the time the All-Star weekend rolls around,” Carlisle said, via ESPN’s Tim MacMahon. “It’s just my feeling that he’ll be able to participate at some level in those events.”
The 20-year-old has averaged 28.2 points, 9.5 rebounds and 8.7 assists this season, his second in the league. Doncic, the reigning league Rookie of the Year, posted a team-high 21 points and six rebounds in a 133-104 loss to the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday.
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