NBA Rumor: Luka Doncic Injury

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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.”

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“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.

Luka Doncic to have MRI

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.

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.”

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.

Luka Doncic has moderate ankle sprain

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.”

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.
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