Luka Doncic (ankle) continues improving: Could play after Christmas

Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)
Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images) /

Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic suffered a sprained ankle on Dec. 14. Here is the latest update on his injury and status going forward.

Dallas Mavericks point guard Luka Doncic was taking the leap into superstar status early this season. Through 24 games, he was averaging 30.4 points, 9.9 rebounds, and 9.3 assists per game including eight triple-doubles. The 20-year-old looked unstoppable.

Then just one minute and 40 seconds into the Mavericks game against the Miami Heat something did. Luka rolled his ankle after stepping on the foot of Kendrick Nunn. He immediately went down in pain and never returned.

Doncic has been out with an ankle sprain ever since. Here is a look at the latest update on his injury.

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Out vs. Toronto

Luka Doncic was ruled out for Sunday’s game against the Toronto Raptors. That should come as no surprise. Coach Carlisle virtually told fans as much after the injury happened. There was plenty of good news, though.

In his pregame media availability, Carlisle gave an update on Luka. Here is Brad Townsend with the latest.

Townsend also posted a video of Luka working out pregame. He is running and continues working on his shot. The 20-year-old looks close to returning.

That should be music to fan’s ears. The Dallas Mavericks are off until Dec. 26. Including that game, they have four more games before the calendar flips over to 2020. It is a stretch where they play the Spurs, Warriors, Lakers, and Thunder. Fans should expect Luka Doncic to return in one of those contests.

The Mavericks will have certainly weathered the storm without Luka. Even if they lose against Toronto, San Antonio, Golden State, and Los Angeles, the Mavs will still be well over .500 and in prime position to have home court in a first-round playoff series. The team’s depth will not let them drop four straight either.

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Keep an eye out for more updates on Luka Doncic’s injury. The team should firm up his return date and if he needs to be on a minute’s limit once he is back soon enough. The Smoking Cuban will have it all for fans and so much more, so stay locked into the site.