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Report: Mavericks star Luka Doncic (ankle sprain) might miss about two weeks, out Wednesday vs. Boston

Coach Rick Carlisle: 'Doncic is out of the walking boot & off crutches'

NBA.com Staff

Dec 17, 2019 8:36 AM ET

 

Luka Doncic rolls his right ankle against the Heat.

Luka Doncic might miss only a couple of weeks after suffering a right ankle sprain in Saturday's game vs. the Heat, ESPN reports, quoting league sources.

Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle initially told reporters there would be no further updates until Wednesday and Doncic wouldn't travel to Milwaukee. Dallas posted one of the most impressive wins of the season on Monday night without Doncic, ending the Bucks' 18-game winning streak with a 120-116 win. Carlisle indicated Doncic is "responding well to treatment" and is no longer utilizing a walking boot or crutches, though he'll miss Wednesday's home game against the Celtics.

The Mavericks star did not return after spraining his right ankle less than two minutes into Saturday's home game. He had two points and one rebound before the injury with 10:20 left in the first quarter. X-rays were negative, but Carlisle said after the game he doesn't expect Doncic to play in Monday's game at Milwaukee.

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski later reported that the sprain is being described as moderate, with colleague Tim MacMahon adding that Doncic had already begun rehabilitation efforts during the game. 

Doncic, 20, has established himself as one of the NBA's best players in his second season, averaging 30.4 points, 9.9 rebounds and 9.3 assists entering Saturday's action.  


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