Dallas Mavericks: Should fans be worried about Luka Doncic’s ankle?

Tyler Watts
Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) /

Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic has sprained his right ankle twice since mid-December. Should fans be worried about further injury going forward?

The Dallas Mavericks sit seventh in the Western Conference at the All-Star break. They have 33 wins including an impressive 18 on the road.

Luka Doncic has been the engine for the Mavs. The 20-year-old has taken a massive leap this season. He was an All-Star starter and continues to be in the running for the All-NBA team.

Luka has only played in 44 games, though. He sprained his ankle less than two minutes into the action against the Miami Heat on Dec. 14. Doncic missed the next four recovering. He hurt that same ankle in practice on Jan. 30 and missed seven contests. Luka returned in the final game before the break. The Mavs are 28-16 when Luka Doncic is in the starting lineup.

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Two injuries to the same ankle can be a bit worrisome for Dallas Mavericks fans. The team needs him in the lineup to have playoff success. Should fans be anxious about Luka suffering another injury to his right ankle?

All-Star comment

After playing in his first All-Star game, Doncic was asked about his ankle. Fans can hear his comments below.

That is a bit worrying. Luka likely continues to get treatment and is wearing a brace when playing. Those should all help.

Looks healthy

Doncic did not look to be feeling the effects when he scored 33 points against the Kings. He also appeared healthy in both the Rising Stars and All-Star games. The 20-year-old star was attacking and continued to make plays.

Mavericks fans should not worry. Luka will continue to play and dominate on the court. The team will be cautious with their star, but he is primed to push the Mavs up the standing down the stretch.

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