Is Luka Doncic playing tonight? Latest injury update for Mavericks at Clippers

Dallas Mavericks, Luka Doncic
Dallas Mavericks, Luka Doncic / Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Dallas Mavericks superstar Luka Doncic injured his heel in a Feb. 2 win over the Pelicans. New Orleans was playing a zone defense, and Doncic attacked the basket looking to dunk. He met Brandon Ingram and Jonas Valanciunas near the basket and went down hard. Luka has missed two consecutive games with a heel contusion

Doncic is traveling to Los Angeles to be with his team, but he will not play on Wednesday night against the rival Clippers. Kyrie Irving is set to make his Mavericks debut, but fans will have to wait to see the superstar duo sharing the court.

Here are all the latest injury updates heading into Wednesday’s game, and a look at what fans can expect moving forward, including when number 77 might return to the lineup.

Luka Doncic injury status for Dallas Mavericks at LA Clippers on Feb. 8

Head coach Jason Kidd ruled Luka out for Wednesday’s game on Monday night, which is not a positive sign. The injury is reportedly minor, but the Mavericks are always going to be cautious with their superstar.

Dallas Mavericks' full injury report at LA Clippers on Feb. 8

Maxi Kleber (hamstring) and Davis Bertans (calf) join Luka Doncic on the bench for Wednesday’s game. Both Kleber and Bertans will be out through the All-Star break, but the team is hopeful they can return shortly after. Frank Ntilikina is questionable to face the Clippers with a non-COVID illness.

John Wall is the only player listed on the NBA’s official injury report for the Clippers. He is out with abdominal soreness.

Luka Doncic injury history

Wednesday’s contest in LA will be the ninth game that Luka Doncic has missed this season, and the team is just 1-8 without their superstar. It will be his third straight game sidelined with this heel injury, and it is the first heel injury of his career.

When is Luka Doncic coming back?

The Mavs have a back-to-back in Sacramento on Friday and Saturday against the Kings, and the team is hopeful to play him in one of those two games. Stay tuned for updates as they become available.

Dallas Mavericks' next 5 opponents

The Mavs have five games left before the All-Star break and just one is at home. Their difficult stretch continues as Dallas faces a Western Conference playoff hopeful in each contest. Here are their next five games after Wednesday night, including one that happens after the break.

Friday, Feb. 10 at Sacramento Kings at 9:00 p.m. CT

Saturday, Feb. 11 at Sacramento Kings at 9:00 p.m. CT

Monday, Feb. 13 vs. Minnesota Timberwolves at 7:30 p.m. CT

Wednesday, Feb. 15 at Denver Nuggets at 8:00 p.m. CT

Thursday, Feb. 23 vs. San Antonio Spurs at 7:30 p.m. CT

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