Dallas Mavericks star guard Luka Doncic will be out the next six games with a sprain to his right ankle.
Doncic, who originally suffered the injury in Thursday’s practice, is expected to be back in time for the All-Star festivities that begin Feb. 14.
“I believe he’s going to be OK by the time the All-Star weekend rolls around,” coach Rick Carlisle said, via ESPN. “It’s just my feeling that he’ll be able to participate at some level in those events.”
Doncic was inactive during a four-game stretch in December with a sprain to the same ankle. The Mavericks went 2-2 without him, including impressive road wins at Milwaukee and Philadelphia.
Doncic, 20, is having one of the best seasons all-time for a player his age, firmly entrenching himself in the Kia MVP conversation with averages of 28.5 points, 9.5 rebounds and 8.7 assists.
Named a starter last week for the All-Star Game, Doncic also earned a spot on the Rising Stars roster on Friday. Dallas has eight games remaining before the break and enters the weekend fifth in the Western Conference.