Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic has been downgraded t…

Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic has been downgraded to doubtful for Wednesday night’s home game against the Oklahoma City Thunder due to low back tightness. A source told ESPN that Doncic is still expected to play in Sunday’s All-Star Game even if he sits out Wednesday, which is the Mavs’ final game before the break.

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Dallas Mavericks star guard Luka Doncic was sidelined for Sunday's road game against the Chicago Bulls because of a left quadriceps contusion. Doncic's status for Monday's road game against the Houston Rockets has yet to be determined, coach Rick Carlisle said. "We'll see how he feels tomorrow," Carlisle said. "We don't think this is a long-term thing, but we'll just have to see how he feels when he gets up tomorrow and if tomorrow is going to be a possibility or not."
Brad Townsend: Not surprising Doncic also is listed as questionable. Was walking with a slight limp after last night's game. As he left interview area was asked if Morris play made his sprained ankle worse. "It didn't help," he said, limping away.
"I didn't want to jeopardize this great young player's career for a basketball game, no matter how important it seemed at the time," Nelson testified. Cuban countered in his testimony that there had been medical advances for such injuries since Nelson played, which was 40 years prior. The Dirk knee injury was being dealt with almost 20 years ago. Mavs fans hope the same positive argument made then for him can be made now for Doncic - that "medical advances'' and what coach Rick Carlisle calls "every advanced treatment modality that you can have,'' or prayer, or luck or pain tolerance - will return the star to the floor, safely and soon.
Tim MacMahon: Source: MRI on Luka Doncic's sprained left ankle revealed "nothing alarming." He is expected to be a gametime decision for Sunday afternoon's Game 4 vs. Clippers.
Tim MacMahon: Rick Carlisle says MRI results for Luka Doncic's ankle aren't available yet. "That will certainly have something to do with [his Game 4 status], and mostly it will have to do with how he’s feeling, if he feels that he can play effectively on it."
Tim MacMahon: As Rick Carlisle mentioned last night, the quick turnaround from a late Friday night game to a Sunday afternoon game decreases the odds of Luka Doncic being available for Game 4. Good news: Early, pre-MRI indications are it’s a mild sprain.
Brad Townsend: Doncic didn't refer to his injury last night as "a little sprain" because he's a doctor. That's what Mavs training staff was indicating to him. Mavs expect that MRI today will confirm that, but they wouldn't have scheduled one if they had 100% certainty.
Brad Townsend: Neither the Mavs nor Clippers submitted anything for today's first NBA injury reporter (11 a.m. Eastern). Aren't required to submit until later today. Next report is 2 p.m., at about which time Mavs are scheduled to have interviews available with Rick Carlisle and 2 players.
With tape tightly wrapped around his sprained left ankle, Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic admitted uncertainty about if he can play against the Los Angeles Clippers in Game 4 of their first-round playoff series. Doncic plans to receive an MRI on Saturday, and Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle expects he may not know the answer until sometime Sunday before tip-off at 3:30 ET. Despite his uncertainty, Doncic sounded more relieved than concerned about his long-term health.
"It’s not that bad," Doncic said following the Mavericks’ 130-122 Game 3 loss to the Clippers on Friday. "Honestly, I’m lucky it’s my left ankle and not my right." The reason? Doncic missed 11 games during the season because of a sprained right ankle and an additional game after feeling soreness. Either way, Doncic initially appeared in pain after rolling his left ankle with 4:04 left in the third quarter while defending Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard.
Davide Chinellato: 🇺🇸 Luka says he’ll have an MRI tomorrow to know more about his left ankle. Then in Spanish he said: “The ankle is not an excuse, I played really bad”
Tim MacMahon: Rick Carlisle: "Unsure of the exact severity of Luka's left ankle. ... We'll know more tomorrow. He did come back and try it obviously and wasn't moving great, so we'll see where he is come tomorrow and then Sunday morning."
As for whether Doncic’s insistence to play jeopardized his chances of returning to 100%? Carlisle stressed the Mavericks were not taking a significant risk with Doncic, who averaged 35.0 points, 8.0 assists and 7.5 rebounds in the first two games of the series. "To my knowledge, there was no further progression of the injury or anything like that. He just couldn’t play in this game. So the right thing was to get him out," Carlisle said. "He didn’t further injure it. He just wasn’t able to move the way you have to move in a playoff series against a top-seeded team. So getting him out was the right thing."
Brad Townsend: Officially, as of the 4:30 p.m. NBA injury report, Luka Doncic is listed as questionable for tomorrow's game. That's not a surprise. Rick Carlisle told us he would be listed as questionable or probable. Doncic was emphatic that he will play.
Mark Followill: Mavs news of note from @Mark Cuban visit on new @BenandSkin show: 1. Expects Luka to play Wednesday vs Sacramento 2. Dirk jersey retirement will be early next season
Tim MacMahon: Rick Carlisle on Luka Doncic: “I believe he’s going to be OK by the time the All-Star weekend rolls around. It’s just my feeling that he’ll be able to participate at some level in those events.”
Tim Cowlishaw: Rick Carlisle says on @1033fmESPN that Luka Doncic is out at least for the next six games...
The All-Star guard also is unlikely to play Saturday against the Atlanta Hawks, sources said. Two sources said the ankle injury, suffered when Doncic stepped on another player's foot, appears to be similar to the sprain he suffered earlier this season.
Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic will miss at least one game after injuring his right ankle during Thursday's practice. Doncic will undergo an MRI on Friday morning, sources told ESPN, and will not play later that night against the Rockets in Houston.
Doncic suffered the injury near the end of practice on Thursday and was getting treatment while coach Rick Carlisle addressed the media. A source said Doncic stepped on a defender's foot while driving to the basket during a brief scrimmage.
Dallas Mavericks star guard Luka Doncic briefly entered the concussion protocol during Sunday's loss to the Los Angeles Lakers after suffering a hard fall to the court during a first-half drive to the hoop. Doncic was fouled on the drive and stayed in to sink a pair of free throws, but he checked out of the game late in the second quarter and went to the locker room.
Doncic was deemed healthy enough to return to action, and he came back in the second half. He finished with 19 points, seven assists and four rebounds in the 108-95 loss to the Lakers. "It was scary," said Doncic, who entered the game averaging 29.1 points, 9.7 rebounds and 9.1 assists. "I fell on my back, hit my head and my elbow. I was OK."
Tim MacMahon: Sources: The Mavs are planning for Luka Doncic to make his return from a sprained right ankle tonight against the Spurs. He has missed last four games and is officially listed as questionable.
Dwain Price: Carlisle said Luka participated in everything in practice today. But he doesn't know his status for Thursday's game against the Spurs. @Dallas Mavericks @nba pic.twitter.com/Amo1RlJTvd
Tim MacMahon: Luka Doncic is moving pretty well during an extended pregame workout. He’ll be at least a limited participant in Tuesday’s practice. His status for Thursday’s home game vs. Spurs might not be determined until game day, but there is some optimism that he’ll return then.
Tim Bontemps: Luka Doncic remains out tonight, but he’s out here pregame in Philadelphia running wind sprints. Not going full speed, but also doesn’t appear to be limping, or have anything extra on his sprained ankle.
After suffering a moderate ankle sprain Saturday, Dallas Mavericks superstar Luka Doncic already has shed his crutches and walking boot, coach Rick Carlisle said. "He is responding well to treatment," Carlisle said before the Mavericks game against the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday night. "He is progressing well."
The Mavericks on Sunday departed Dallas, without Luka Doncic, to face a Milwaukee team that has won 18 straight games and 22 of its last 23. Even so, the Mavericks as a franchise breathed a collective sigh of relief. The right ankle sprain that Doncic suffered Saturday night was diagnosed, according to a Mavericks source, as “moderate.” The source told The News that Doncic almost certainly will miss Dallas’ four games leading into Christmas, but might be able to return soon after that.
Brad Townsend: Doncic will not travel to Milwaukee and instead will receive treatment with trainer Casey Smith, per Mavs. Source tells me Doncic almost certainly will miss this stretch of 4 straight games against the top teams in the East, but could be back soon after Christmas.
Tim MacMahon: Luka Doncic might be able to return within a couple of weeks after suffering a moderate right ankle sprain last night, sources told ESPN. Doncic likely misses upcoming stretch vs. East power (Bucks, Celtics, 76ers and Raptors this week), but Mavs feel they dodged a bullet.
Brad Townsend: Though several people in the Mavs organization expressed cautious optimism last night that Doncic’s ankle sprain isn’t severe, overnight swelling levels and day-after examinations always are key, so let’s hold off on speculating about how long he will be out.
Mavericks superstar Luka Doncic sustained a moderate right ankle sprain Saturday in the opening minutes of Dallas' 122-118 overtime loss to the Miami Heat, league sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. X-rays on the ankle were negative, the team said. "We hope it's not serious," said Mavs coach Rick Carlisle, who added that he does not expect Doncic to be available Monday night for a road game against the Milwaukee Bucks. "That's about all that we have for you now."
Brad Townsend: Carlisle says, “I don’t expect him to play (Monday) against Milwaukee, but that’s not a media release. That’s just what I’m guessing at this point.”
Carlisle said Doncic, who left the arena without speaking to the media, was able to put weight on his right leg. Teammates told ESPN that Doncic was working out on the team's underwater treadmill under the supervision of the Mavs' athletic training staff at halftime.
Chuck Cooperstein: Per Mavs: No Doncic (thigh) or Kleber (Knee) tomorrow in MEM. Brunson and Powell will both play. 5:00 tip @1033fmESPN
Mark Followill: On the 1230 NBA injury report, Luka (right thigh bruise) along with Brunson and Powell (load management) are listed as out for Mavs vs Grizzlies. We're switched over to @texas21 for coverage tonight at 730
Dwain Price: Carlisle on Luka: "He still got swelling in the knee. He took a knee-to-knee hit on Thursday night (in Miami) early in the game, but he finished the game. But he certainly didn't look like himself the rest of the game. It's been a little bit slow, so we're not going to rush it."
Mark Followill: Luka is out tonight. Carlisle said he is still gimpy with the right thigh bruise from last Thursday. I asked him if he wants Luka to play again this season "Yes I do but if it's not the right thing to do we're not gonna rush it."
Doncic is 20. He has missed only five games this season for a Mavericks team that is 29-46 and, like the Lakers, out of playoff contention. While the Mavericks worked out Saturday at their practice facility before flying to Oklahoma City, Doncic spent much of the time on a stationary bicycle. Carlisle said he closely watched on tape the play on which Doncic got his knee and thigh banged. "It was a direct hit, really painful at first," Carlisle said. "And then the adrenaline and 2,000 Slovenian people [in the stands] and he was able to finish the game, but he was not moving great.
Dwain Price: Luka (right thigh contusion) will not play tomorrow against the Thunder. He was limited today in practice.
James Ham: According to coach Rick Carlisle, Luka Doncic is expected to play tonight against Sacramento. Came into the day listed as questionable.
Jeff McDonald: Luka Doncic will play tonight vs Spurs, Rick Carlisle said. Doncic had been questionable with knee soreness.
Eddie Sefko: Rick Carlisle says Luka Doncic is officially out tonight at Utah.
Eddie Sefko: Luka Doncic is out tonight with a sore ankle. Not serious according to Rick Carlisle.
Mark Followill: Luka will be out tonight vs Detroit. Per Carlisle, he's nursing a sore left ankle
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