Dallas Mavericks superstar Luka Doncic sprained his ankle just over three minutes into the team’s Jan. 26 win against the Phoenix Suns. He was unable to return, and he missed Saturday’s game in Utah with the injury. The Mavs fell to 0-6 without Doncic, and they need him back as soon as possible.
The 23-year-old has a mild ankle sprain, and he is not expected to miss more than one week of action. His status was upgraded to available ahead of Monday’s contest against the Detroit Pistons at the American Airlines Center.
Here is the latest on Luka’s injury status for Monday, and what to expect moving forward.
Luka Doncic injury status for Dallas Mavericks vs. Detroit Pistons on Jan. 30
Doncic was listed as questionable to face the Pistons on Monday before being announced active just 90 minutes before tipoff. The Mavericks are in the middle of the jam-packed Western Conference, so they cannot afford to lose on Jan. 30. Expect Doncic to be healthy and play his normal minutes load against Detroit.
Maxi Kleber and Christian Wood were both ruled out for Monday's game.
Luka Doncic injury history
When is Luka Doncic coming back?
Luka avoided a serious injury, and he will return after missing just one game.
Dallas Mavericks' next 5 opponents
The Mavs have two games at home before starting a five-game west coast road trip. Dallas needs a win on Monday night because their final eight games before the All-Star break are all against teams fighting for playoff position in the Western Conference. With the standings so crowded, it is a stretch that could determine where the Mavericks finish this season. Here is a closer look at their next five games.
Thursday, Feb. 2 vs New Orleans Pelicans at 7:30 p.m. CT
Saturday, Feb. 4 at Golden State Warriors at 7:30 p.m. CT
Monday, Feb. 6 at Utah Jazz at 8:00 p.m. CT
Wednesday, Feb. 8 at LA Clippers at 9:00 p.m. CT
Friday, Feb. 10 at Sacramento Kings at 9:00 p.m. CT