Luka Doncic injured his ankle earlier in the year and missed just four games with the ailment. During today’s practice, the Dallas Mavericks star reinjured his ankle and is expected to miss additional time.
Doncic will undergo an MRI on the ankle on Friday to determine the severity of the injury.
Doncic is having one of the best sophomore campaigns in recent memory. The wing is scoring 28.8 points while grabbing 9.5 rebounds, and 8.7 assists per contest. The Mavericks currently own the 5th best record in the Western Conference.
The Mavericks’ upcoming schedule:
- at Rockets (1/31)
- vs. Hawks (2/1)
- at Pacers (2/3)
- vs. Grizzlies (2/5)
- at Wizards (2/7)
Dallas doesn’t appear to be in danger of missing the playoffs, though the team is just 12-10 since Doncic originally injured his ankle. The team lost Dwight Powell to a season-ending, torn Achilles last week.
The Mavericks brought in a pair of big men via trades as a result of Powell’s injury, acquiring Willie-Cauley Stein from the Warriors and Justin Patton from the Thunder late last week. The team is reportedly still in the market for a wing.
Robert Covington was previously linked to the Mavs. Minnesota is shopping him, as we relayed earlier today.
Mavericks Not The Only Team With Bad Injury News
Richaun Holmes has been out since January 7 with a shoulder injury and he was expected to be ready to return this week. However, it doesn’t appear like that’s going to happen, as coach Luke Walton said the center has not practiced yet (via Jason Jones of The Athletic).
Walton said Holmes is improving, though he won’t play until he can practice. The setback is troubling for the Kings. If they have any hope to make the postseason, they’ll need Holmes to contribute.
Holmes signed with Sacramento this offseason and before getting hurt, he was arguably the team’s best player. The 26-year-old big man sports a 21.1 player efficiency rating and a still team-leading 4.6 win shares.
Walton also addressed the status of Marvin Bagley. He remains out with a foot injury. The 2018 No. 2 overall pick has only played in 13 games for the Kings this season.