NBA: Dallas Mavericks' Luka Doncic insists left ankle injury is just 'a little sprain', 'not that bad'

Doncic twisted the ankle and hit the court, clearly in pain. He hopped to the sideline and was helped to the locker room, returning in the fourth quarter with the ankle heavily taped.

Agence France-Presse August 22, 2020 12:51:02 IST
NBA: Dallas Mavericks' Luka Doncic insists left ankle injury is just 'a little sprain', 'not that bad'

Florida: Luka Doncic made Dallas history with the NBA team's first playoff triple-double on Friday, but the Slovenian star's left ankle sprain in a loss to the Los Angeles Clippers took the sheen off the feat.

"It's not that bad," the 21-year-old told reporters after the 130-122 defeat that left the Mavericks trailing the Clippers two games to one in the best-of-seven Western Conference Series. "A little sprain."

But Doncic will have an MRI exam on Saturday, and coach Rick Carlisle said he didn't know what his young star's status would be for game four on Sunday.

NBA Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic insists left ankle injury is just a little sprain not that bad

Luka Doncic grabs his left leg after being injured during the second half against Clippers. AP

"Unsure of the exact severity of Luka's left ankle," Carlisle said. "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."

Doncic appeared to tweak the ankle when he slipped in the opening minutes of the game.

But the real damage was done with four minutes left in the third quarter, as he moved over to defend a driving Kawhi Leonard.

Doncic twisted the ankle and hit the court, clearly in pain. He hopped to the sideline and was helped to the locker room, returning in the fourth quarter with the ankle heavily taped.

In his brief return, Doncic polished off a triple-double of 13 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists.

But he came up limping again with 9:02 remaining and headed again to the sidelines and again to the locker room.

Carlisle said he had no qualms about putting Doncic back in the game when he said he wanted to try to play.

But he recognised immediately when Doncic couldn't go on.

"He didn't further injure it," Carlisle said. "He just wasn't able to move the way you've got to be able to move in a playoff game."

Updated Date:

also read

Nigeria shock USA in pre-Olympic friendly, become first African nation to beat Americans in basketball
Sports

Nigeria shock USA in pre-Olympic friendly, become first African nation to beat Americans in basketball

Nigeria, with six NBA players and former NBA head coach Mike Brown at the helm, became the first African nation to beat the USA, who were playing the first of a five of tune-up games before the Tokyo Olympics.

NBA: Giannis Antetokounmpo scores 41 as Milwaukee Bucks beat Phoenix Suns in Finals
Sports

NBA: Giannis Antetokounmpo scores 41 as Milwaukee Bucks beat Phoenix Suns in Finals

The 26-year-old Greek forward scored 41 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to spark the Bucks, who pulled within 2-1 in the best-of-seven championship series ahead of game four Wednesday at Milwaukee.

NBA Finals: Bucks overturn 16-point deficit to edge Suns 123-119, take 3-2 series lead
Sports

NBA Finals: Bucks overturn 16-point deficit to edge Suns 123-119, take 3-2 series lead

Milwaukee Bucks, leading the Best of 7 series 3-2, can win their first NBA title since 1971 in Milwaukee on Tuesday night.