Luka Doncic was forced to leave Saturday’s game against the Miami Heat with an apparent ankle injury. The Dallas Mavericks star suffered the injury early in the first quarter when Doncic rolled his right ankle while driving to the basket. He limped off the court and back to the locker room. American Airlines Center fell silent while trainers were examining his injury. According to the Mavs, Doncic is listed as questionable to return.
Doncic is having a breakout season in Dallas and is currently 3rd in the NBA in scoring with 30.4 points per game and 2nd in rebounding grabbing 9.3 boards per contest.
More impressive has been the nine triple-doubles Doncic has recorded this season, two of them being 40-point triple-doubles. Doncic had seven triple-doubles all of last season.
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Who Can Replace Luka?
The reigning Rookie of the Year is taking his game to the next level this season trailing just James Harden and Giannis Antetokounmpo in usage rate, which also means it will be a devastating blow to the Mavericks if Doncic is forced to miss significant time due to the injury.
If he’s forced to miss time, the bulk of the burden will fall on fellow big man Kristaps Porzingis, with guards Delon Wright, Seth Curry, Jalen Brunson, and JJ Barea likely taking on more of the ball-handling duties.
Doncic Makes History
Earlier this season, Doncic put on a show for the crowd in Mexico City in a 122-111 Mavs victory. The sold-out crowd of 20,064 fans at Mexico City Arena began chanting “MVP” just minutes into the game. Doncic struggled at the onset, missing his first four free throws. The 20-year-old said it was difficult adjusting to the city’s altitude.
“The first two minutes were tough, hard,” Doncic said per Dallas Morning News, referring to Mexico City’s altitude. “But we came here to get the win, and that’s what we did.”
The Mavericks were able to pick pace as Doncic began to sizzle, leading the team with 41 points, 12 rebounds, and 11 assists. It was the first triple-double and highest-scoring performance ever recorded in Mexico City. So not only did Doncic make history, he also tallied his second 40-point triple-double.
Lakers’ superstar LeBron James is the only other NBA player to record a 40-point triple-double before the age of 21 and he only met that feat once, according to Bleacher Report.
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