Luka Doncic suffered a sprained left ankle and left Thursday night’s Dallas Mavericks game against the Phoenix Suns.
After only three minutes of play, Doncic hobbled to the locker room during a break. The 23-year-old entered the game averaging 33.8 points, 9.1 rebounds, and 8.6 assists. After being selected as an All-Star for the fourth consecutive season earlier on Thursday.
In an attempt to out-muscle Phoenix’s Cam Johnson, Luka Doncic trod on Mikal Bridges’ foot, passed the ball, and then hobbled away. Before Dallas coach Jason Kidd announced a timeout, he grasped at his lower left thigh.
After the game, Mavs coach Jason Kidd reported that Doncic was in “excellent spirits” and that an X-ray was negative.
Kidd remarked, “He looked good. He looked fine. But as time goes on, we’ll see how he feels”.
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Maves overcame The Suns despite the absence of Luka Doncic
On Thursday night, despite losing All-Star guard Luka Doncic to an ankle strain early in the game, the Dallas Mavericks defeated the Phoenix Suns 99-95 behind a season-high 36 points from Spencer Dinwiddie and 18 points and 12 rebounds from Dorian Finney-Smith.
The Mavs were successful without Luka Doncic, who limped to the locker room early in the first quarter and didn’t return. Thanks to Dinwiddie’s strong shooting. The seasoned guard made 5 of 6 3-pointers while shooting 10 of 18 from the field overall. Additionally, he made 11 free throws. Also Read: Damian Lillard scores 37 points as the Blazers defeat the Spurs 147-127 to snap their losing streak.
Doncic, who oversaw the 64-win Suns’ second-round elimination in the previous season’s playoffs, is presently the league’s top scorer with 33.8 points per contest. The Western Conference started for the 2023 All-Star Contest, the 23-year-old Slovenian’s third start overall and fourth All-Star distinction, was just confirmed prior to the game.
The Mavericks entered Thursday’s game tied with Phoenix for sixth place, the last guaranteed postseason slot since the league instituted The Play-In Tournament for teams placing seventh through tenth. They were already playing without their big men, Christian Wood and Maxi Kleber.
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