Dallas Mavericks PR: Luka Dončić (left ankle soreness) will be a game-time decision for tonight's game in Memphis. Sterling Brown (left foot soreness) and Willie Cauley-Stein (personal reasons) will miss tonight’s game.
Dallas listed the 22-year-old All-Star as questionable to play with left ankle soreness Wednesday night in Memphis, the second night of a back to back. Backup guard Sterling Brown (left foot soreness) is also questionable after missing Tuesday’s game against the Nets. Doncic returned Tuesday from a one-game absence with the same ailment and led the Mavericks with 28 points, six rebounds and nine assists in 36 minutes.
Callie Caplan: Jason Kidd confirms Luka Doncic, Kristaps Porzingis and Tim Hardaway Jr. will all play tonight vs. Nets. Sterling Brown (left foot soreness) is out.
Callie Caplan: Jason Kidd said Luka Doncic (left ankle soreness) and Kristaps Porzingis (left knee contusion) both practiced today, but their statuses for tomorrow in Mavs-Nets still TBD.
Callie Caplan: Jason Kidd said Luka got an MRI on his left ankle today, but didn’t say what scans showed. Injury is “lingering” from original sprain Nov. 15. “He’s been sore. It’s just been a busy stretch of games.” Also, Kristaps Porzingis is still “getting treatment” on left knee contusion.
Callie Caplan: The update on Luka is, well, not a huge update. He said he’s still questionable and will test his knee and ankle pre-game, but “I will do everything possible to play.” Said the knee pain is still there, but when he bumped knees with a teammate yesterday, it didn’t make it worse.
During the Mavericks’ practice Monday afternoon, Luka Doncic appeared to be as close to game ready as he’d been since spraining his left knee and ankle Nov. 15. Until he shouted in pain. Doncic, who’d been practicing in a 5-on-5 scrimmage during the portion of the workout open to reporters, came off the Terasaki Budokan court abruptly and sat on the bleachers, grabbing at his left knee.
Director of player health and performance Casey Smith and close friend and teammate Boban Marjanovic were two of the people who walked over to check on him. Soon after, a trainer wrapped a bag of ice around Doncic’s knee with an ace bandage.
Mark Medina: Mavs coach Jason Kidd said Luka Doncic will practice tomorrow in hopes to play on Tuesday against the Clippers
Dallas Mavericks PR: Luka Dončić (left knee and left ankle sprains) will miss tonight’s game in Phoenix. Maxi Kleber (left oblique strain) will remain out.
Dallas Mavericks PR: Luka Dončić (left knee and left ankle sprains) and Maxi Kleber (left oblique strain) will both miss tomorrow night’s game in Phoenix.
Marc Stein: Mavericks star Luka Dončić is expected to miss Wednesday's game in Phoenix with a sprained left ankle, league sources say. The injury, sustained in the final minute of Monday's win over Denver, is not considered serious after an MRI, sources say. More: marcstein.substack.com
Tim MacMahon: Update is Luka Doncic’s ankle injury is “not too serious,” per source. He’s likely to miss some time but Mavs hope not an extended stretch.
Callie Caplan: Adding to Tim’s report, Luka is on the Mavs’ plane to Phoenix now and will be with the team through the four-game road trip, even if not playing.
Shams Charania: Sources: Tests on Mavericks star Luka Doncic’s left ankle and knee showed no damage. Team will continue to evaluate Doncic daily.
Callie Caplan: Kristaps Porzingis said he talked with Luka for a bit after the game: "He's always just, 'Hey, I'll be good. I'll be good.' Hopefully he is good. I don't think we know yet what it is, but we're hoping he's healthy."
Andrew Greif: Rick Carlisle said he expects Luka Doncic (and Maxi Kleber) to play in Game 5. On Luka: "He seems to be doing better so that's good news. I don't know, I'm not sure how much better but he's definitely better."
Tim MacMahon: Rick Carlisle on Luka Doncic: “I don’t know if he’s 80%, if he’s 85%. You’d have to ask him, but it does appear that he’s doing better.”
Adrian Wojnarowski: Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic’s neck strain is already being described as “improved” today with two full days off ahead of Wednesday’s Game 5 vs. Clippers, sources tell ESPN. Series is tied 2-2.
Andrew Greif: Luka Doncic was asked about how his neck pain felt in Game 4: "I don't think that matters right now. We lost by 20. And the injuries are part of basketball, but I was 100 percent. So -- but I played terrible. So just gotta move on to the next one."
Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic downplayed the impact of his cervical strain on a Game 4 outing he described as "terrible," but he acknowledged after Sunday's 106-81 loss to the visiting LA Clippers that it's a nerve issue. "The pain is like neck and then the nerve down," Doncic said. "I don't really know how to explain that. It felt way better today morning than yesterday. I'll just keep doing massages, ice it down and then be ready for Wednesday."
"He's in pain," Mavs coach Rick Carlisle said. "It appeared to me that he couldn't turn left, couldn't look to his left. He couldn't turn his neck to his left, and that's difficult for a guy that relies on peripheral vision and basically has played his whole life with his head on a swivel.
Marc Stein: Luka Doncic (neck strain) is now officially available to play in Game 4 tonight against the Clippers, Mavericks say
Adrian Wojnarowski: Dallas star Luka Doncic is expected to play vs. Clippers in Game 4 despite his neck strain, source tells ESPN.
Brad Townsend: "I think he's going to play," Carlisle says of Doncic, "but we'll see how he feels tomorrow." Says he was pleasantly surprised to see Kleber is probable. A good sign.
Tim MacMahon: Mavericks list Luka Doncic as questionable for Game 4 due to a cervical strain. He said after the Game 3 loss that the pain started in his neck and went down his left arm.
There were the images of Luka Doncic shaking out his right arm, clearly bothered by some kind of shoulder or neck issue. Then the cameras caught Dallas medical staff working on his shoulder area, and the Mavericks’ young star wearing a heat pack on the bench to keep it loose. None of it slowed Doncic, who put up a career playoff-high 44 points in Dallas’ Game 3 loss Friday night, but is this something that will linger and slow him in Game 4? Doncic says that first off this is a neck issue, one he first felt around halftime, and no, it will not slow him, via Callie Caplan at the Dallas Morning News. “It’s just weird,” Doncic said. “I don’t know how you call it. It’s just some massage, some rest, and hopefully we’re good.”
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.
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.
Shams Charania: Mavericks star Luka Doncic (ankle sprain) will play in Game 4 against the Clippers.
"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: Carlisle said there was an issue with the MRI machine in the bubble, so that's why they don't have those results yet. Mavs are trying to get that sorted out.
Tim MacMahon: Mavs are listing Luka Doncic (left ankle sprain) as questionable for Game 4 in the notes released by the team PR staff.
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."
Callie Caplan: Luka on his right ankle recovery: “I mean, it bothers me sometimes. Obviously, it’s not healed 100%. That’s why I missed the game in Atlanta. It was swollen and, you know, I’m just trying to keep the swelling down.”
Eddie Sefko: Rick Carlisle said he doesn’t think Luka’s sore ankle will be a multi game problem, but will know more by Monday.
Brad Townsend: Mark Cuban says the reality of Luka Doncic's ankle situation is that, without a lengthy rost, he will continue to feel soreness. "That’s just the nature of the injury. There’s being injured and there’s being hurt. He’s not injured, but it’s going to hurt."
Dwain Price: Carlisle said Luka will play in the Rising Stars Challenge on Friday in Chicago and in the All-Star game on Sunday. @Dallas Mavericks
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...
Marc Stein: No definitive recovery time frame yet on the Maverics' Luka Doncic, but one source briefed on his condition described Thursday's injury in practice as a "manageable ankle sprain." Doncic missed four games in December with a similar injury
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.
January 19, 2022 | 9:33 am EST Update
The Kings were not willing to entertain the thought of trading De’Aaron Fox last summer when they started surveying the market for a transformational move to alter the course of the franchise, but the situation in Sacramento has changed. A league source told The Sacramento Bee the Kings have stepped up their pursuit of Indiana Pacers big man Domantas Sabonis and they are including Fox in those discussions. Fox was so far off the table he wasn’t discussed when the Kings approached the Philadelphia 76ers about Ben Simmons last summer, sources with knowledge of the talks told The Bee, but now Fox is reportedly part of those conversations as well.
As the Pacers have engaged in trade talks for most on their rotation, league sources told The Athletic they are asking for an All-Star in return for Domantas Sabonis, while seeking a package of picks and young players for their other starters like Myles Turner and Caris LeVert.
Buddy Hield, Marvin Bagley III, Harrison Barnes and Richaun Holmes have been the subject of trade speculation dating back to last season. This is new terrain for Fox, who is in the first year of a five-year, $163 million max contract, but he told ABC10’s Sean Cunningham he was not surprised to hear his name in trade rumors. “In most sports, most players come up in trade talks,” Fox said after practice Tuesday as the Kings prepared to face the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night at Golden 1 Center. “Obviously, you don’t have too many people who are really untouchable, so you always know something can happen.”
Could Fox be better? Yes. Could he be more engaged this season? Very specifically, yes. Things I hear behind the scenes… he’s not as engaged in the team, as he has been in the past. And that’s a problem.
As for which scenario is looking the most likely, I’ll say this much: While I’m fairly confident that Atlanta has zero interest in taking on both Simmons and Harris in a John Collins-centric deal, the Kings appear to be considering the idea more seriously.
Make no mistake, sources close to Simmons continue to insist that he’ll sit out the entire season if a deal isn’t done by the deadline. To DA’s point, that means the postseason would be unnecessarily brutal on Embiid when it comes to the load he’s asked to carry. There is, not surprisingly, serious skepticism from Simmons’ side as to the authenticity of Embiid’s messaging. “Joel is Daryl, and Daryl is Joel,” as one source put it.
Longtime Trail Blazers executive Joe Cronin was elevated to the interim general manager role after Neil Olshey’s firing in early December. With Lillard’s future still uncertain, he needs to upgrade this roster to calm those waters. Sources say Detroit’s Jerami Grant and Boston’s Jaylen Brown are the types of talents that would achieve that goal, but it remains to be seen if Cronin can pull something like that off.
Beal has made it clear he doesn’t plan to sign an extension and likely will skip his player option. That would make some teams nervous, but to this point there has been no real discussion of Beal on the trade market, league executives said.