A big win over the Denver Nuggets was soured for the Dallas Mavericks in the final minute when Luka Doncic appeared to suffer an ankle/knee injury.
After the game against Denver, Doncic is averaging 24.9 points, 8.3 rebounds and 7.9 assists on the season.
What’s next for Doncic? Here’s everything we know about his injury and the latest news on when he may return to the court.
What is Luka Doncic’s injury?
The injury was sustained as the Mavericks superstar attempted to block an Austin Rivers layup. Rivers’ body appeared to roll over the ankle of Doncic in the aftermath of the play.
Doncic was his usual dominant self in the win, finishing with 23 points, eight rebounds, 11 assists, two steals and a block across 37 minutes of play.
The win improved Dallas to 9-4 on the season, but since then they’ve lost three games in a row without Doncic and now sit at 9-7, good for fifth in the Western Conference.
How long will Luka Doncic be out?
Doncic sat out the Mavs’ back-to-back against the Phoenix Suns and the first of two meetings against the LA Clippers.
He has been listed as ‘questionable’ for Tuesday night’s game against the Clippers at STAPLES Center.
Luka Doncic went through shootaround this morning and said he’ll “do everything to try to play” tonight against Clippers. He’s missed the past 3 games with knew&ankle sprains. Yesterday at practice he bumped knees with a video coordinator but said that’s not affecting him.
— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) November 23, 2021
“I will do everything possible to try to play,” Doncic said. “Obviously, we’ll see before the game.”
Doncic left practice with his knee iced and bandaged after a collision with a teammate. “It’s all right,” Doncic said. “Still painful, but we’ll see how I feel before the game.”
Mavericks upcoming schedule 2021-22
|Tue, Nov. 23||at LA Clippers||10:30 PM|
|Sat, Nov. 27||vs. Washington||8:30 PM|
|Mon, Nov. 29||vs. Cleveland||8:30 PM|
|Wed, Dec. 1||at New Orleans||8:00 PM|
Doncic has been a durable player throughout the early portion of his career, playing 13 of 16 games this season so far, after missing just six across the 72-game regular season in 2020-21.
Stay tuned for further updates from the team on the status of Doncic and his ankle.