Dallas Mavericks: Luka Doncic misses two straight games with ankle injury

Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by Glenn James/NBAE via Getty Images)
Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by Glenn James/NBAE via Getty Images) /

Dallas Mavericks rookie Luka Doncic missed the back-to-back on Feb. 22 and 23 with an ankle injury. Learn more about the injury and how Luka’s responding.

The Dallas Mavericks were 26-31 at the All-Star Break. Their first game back came on Friday against the Denver Nuggets. Five games under .500 in the difficult Western Conference means the playoffs are a long shot. It also creates no reason to push your young star with even the smallest of injuries.

Rookie of the Year lock Luka Doncic came up with a sore ankle, and the Mavs decided not to risk it. It cost the young star two games as Dallas played a back-to-back on Feb. 22 and 23.

The word on Doncic’s injury is promising. Here is a Tweet from Brad Townsend explaining the situation.

No word yet on if the ankle will cost Luka Doncic more time. The Mavericks play again on Monday evening in Los Angeles against the Clippers. They have three games next week. Luka should return in short order, but the team will not rush him. They want him 100 percent before taking the court.

Still having fun

The injury did not dampen the rookie’s spirits, though. Brad Townsend sent out the following Tweet before Friday’s game.

Then heading into Saturday’s game, Dwain Price shared this funny story about Doncic.

Luka Doncic is certainly an astonishing basketball player, but what makes him a true star is his personality. He is always looking to have fun and flashing the trademark smile.

Final thoughts

Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic missed two straight games with a sore ankle. The injury is not serious, but no word yet if he misses more playing time. The Mavs figure to be cautious given their place in the standing and the importance of Luka to their franchise.

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Watching Doncic take another step forward down the stretch is high on the Mavericks priority list, so expect him to return in the near future. Luka will continue to make magic happen on the court. That will have fans and the front office marking down the days until next season begins, so enjoy the ride.