The Dallas Mavericks were closing out their win over the Denver Nuggets on Monday night when superstar Luka Doncic was rolled up on by Austin Rivers in the final minute of action. They went on to win the game, but the 22-year-old did not return to the floor. It was a sour end to arguably the team's best performance of the season for Dallas.
Fans got an update on Tuesday after Doncic underwent an MRI. The Mavs ruled him out for Wednesday’s game in Phoenix against the Suns, but he did travel with the team. Nov. 17 is the first of four straight road games for Dallas.
Here is a look at the latest updates on Luka’s injury and how much time he could miss.
Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic out vs. Suns: Could miss more time
Tim MacMahon offered an update on Tuesday afternoon that Luka's ankle injury was "not too serious" and that Doncic would be out, but not for "an extended stretch".
Jeff Stotts noted that Dirk Nowitzki had a similar issue in 2008 that cost him ten days of action. There is no guarantee Luka will miss that amount of time, but fans should brace themselves for a multiple-game absence from the 22-year-old superstar.
The positive news is Doncic avoided a major injury. He may miss a few weeks of action, but he should be back leading the team in short order. Between now and Dec. 1, the Dallas Mavericks only play six times. It is six difficult games against tough opposition, but Luka could be back before the calendar flips to December.
There will be plenty more updates and fans can find them all at The Smoking Cuban, so stay tuned for all the latest. Luka Doncic will be getting treatment around the clock, and fans know he is a fast healer. Hopefully, he is back leading the Dallas Mavericks soon, but until then, others will have to step up.