Dallas Mavericks: Luka Doncic returns to practice: questionable vs. Spurs

Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by Mark Blinch/NBAE via Getty Images)
Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by Mark Blinch/NBAE via Getty Images) /

Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic participated in a full practice for the first time since injuring his ankle on Dec. 14. Get the latest here.

The Dallas Mavericks have weathered a tough stretch of games without their star player Luka Doncic. He was injured on Dec. 14 against the Miami Heat. The Mavs managed two wins in five games against the best teams the Eastern Conference has to offer with Doncic sidelined.

The difficult stretch proved Dallas is one of the deepest teams in the NBA. They used a balanced attack to defeat the Milwaukee Bucks and Philadelphia 76ers. Kristaps Porzingis led the charge, but it was a team effort in all five contests.

Luka continues to ramp back up from his ankle injury. He was spotted running the court before the team’s last two games. The 20-year-old took an important step on Tuesday.

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Full practice

The Mavericks had practice on Christmas Eve, and Luka Doncic participated fully. Fans can hear Coach Carlisle give an injury update to kick off his post-practice presser.

That was the first time he got in a full practice since the injury. Doncic continues to improve, but they were coy about his status for the Mavs next game on Dec. 26 against the San Antonio Spurs. Expect Luka to be listed as questionable heading in. How he is feeling on Wednesday and Thursday will be the determining factors on if he suits up against the Spurs.

Mavericks supporters can hear what Doncic had to say to the media after Tuesday’s practice below.

The Dallas Mavericks need Luka Doncic back. They are fresh off blowing a 30-point lead and losing to the Toronto Raptors. Doncic would have settled the ship and helped the Mavs get a few easy buckets. He has pushed himself into the MVP conversation this season. No team wants to play without their star, so hopefully, he returns on Thursday against the Spurs.

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