The Dallas Mavericks have lost two straight games with superstar Luka Doncic on the bench. He injured his knee and ankle attempting to contest a shot in the final minute against the Denver Nuggets on Nov. 15 and has not played since.
Doncic worked out on the floor before Friday’s loss to the Suns in Phoenix, and ESPN analyst and former head coach Jeff Van Gundy had only positive things to say about what he saw from Luka in that session. The 22-year-old is healing, but the Mavs do not want to risk further injury by rushing him back.
There is no way Doncic wants to miss Sunday’s game. The LA Clippers have knocked the Mavericks out in the first round of the playoffs two straight years, but more importantly, it is a 2:30 p.m. CT tipoff on Sunday afternoon, which means a primetime game in Europe. Luka loves putting on his show for his fans in Slovenia, Spain, and across the continent. Here is a closer look at his status heading into the Nov. 21 contest in Los Angeles.
Luka Doncic (knee and ankle) questionable to face LA Clippers
The Mavericks upgraded Doncic again. He was ruled out a day before tipoff for Wednesday’s game and sat at doubtful going into Friday’s contest before being ruled out in advance of tipoff. Luka is improving, and there have been plenty of positive signs.
The Mavs held a practice in Los Angeles on Saturday but it was closed to the media and no further updates where given. Head coach Jason Kidd said Luka would workout. That is all we know at this point.
Doncic is going to want to play. It will be interesting to see if he is healthy enough to do so on Sunday afternoon. The Dallas Mavericks also upgraded Maxi Kleber to questionable. He has missed nine straight games with an oblique injury. Both Mavs are could play on Nov. 21, and fans should stay tuned to The Smoking Cuban for all the latest.