Mavericks news: Luka Doncic injury update, Christian Wood out another week, more

Tyler Watts
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Dallas Mavericks superstar Luka Doncic sprained his ankle just over three minutes into Thursday’s game against the Phoenix Suns. He was unable to return to the contest, and fans were fearing the worst, despite Spencer Dinwiddie leading the Mavs to a win over the rival Suns. Head coach Jason Kidd seemed optimistic postgame, and the news got better on Friday afternoon.

Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Doncic is day-to-day moving forward with a “mild sprain” of his left ankle. The Mavericks play in Salt Lake City on Saturday night before returning home for two games. Luka was ruled out against the Jazz, but it appears the 23-year-old avoided a serious injury.

Expect the Mavs to be cautious with their superstar. He may miss a few games next week as the Mavericks want him to be fully healthy before taking the court. Fans know Doncic is tough, and he will want to play as soon as possible, so stay tuned for all the latest.

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Christian Wood was ruled out for another week on Thursday night as he deals with a left thumb fracture. He was always expected that he would miss at least two weeks, and the team is treating it as a week-to-week injury.

Luka Doncic secured his third All-Star start on Thursday night. He was first in player and media voting among Western Conference guards, but he fell behind Stephen Curry in the fan vote. Both players will start in the All-Star game on Feb. 19 in Salt Lake City.

The Mavs are 11th in Bleacher Report’s power rankings this week, despite losing seven of their last ten games. Things are crowded in the middle, and Dallas has a chance to surge if they can get healthy and hot down the stretch.

NBA news

LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo were named captains for this year’s All-Star game. They will pick their teams just before tipoff this year, which adds a playground-style element to the contest. LeBron has won all five times the NBA has used the captains' format, and he will be looking to make it six straight on Feb. 19.

Damian Lillard scored 60 points on Wednesday night to become the third player this season to go for 60-plus. Donovan Mitchell scored 71 on Jan. 3, and Luka Doncic had a historic 60-point 20-rebound triple-double against the Knicks on Dec. 27. How many more 60-point games will fans see this season? Let us know how many you think will happen in the comments.

Dallas Mavericks fans should keep a close eye on the news for updates on Luka Doncic’s ankle injury. Hopefully, he makes a speedy recovery and is back in action when the team returns home on Monday night. Stay tuned for the latest.

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