Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic’s standing for Sunday afternoon’s fourth sport is unsure on account of a sprained left ankle that brought on him to lose between 130 and 122 to the LA Clippers within the fourth quarter on Friday evening.
Doncic fell after rolling his ankle whereas defending Kawhi Leonard on a visit to the basket with 3:58 within the third quarter. He instantly grabbed his left ankle and after he was delivered to his toes, Doncic jumped off the ground onto the tunnel along with his proper foot.
After taping the ankle once more, Doncic returned early within the fourth quarter and was clearly limping earlier than stepping out at 9:02. The Mavs introduced minutes later that Doncic wouldn’t be returning.
“It isn’t that unhealthy,” stated Doncic, who missed eleven video games this season as a result of he sprained his proper ankle twice. “Truthfully, I used to be fortunate it was my left ankle. It isn’t my proper one. It is a bit sprained. We’ll know extra tomorrow.”
Doncic, who fastidiously hobbled up the tunnel with an ice pack round his ankle after the loss, stated he would have an MRI on Saturday.
Recreation four is at 3:30 p.m. ET Sunday in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Quantity 2 within the Western Convention, the Clippers have a 2-1 lead over the seventh seed Mavs within the first-round NBA playoff sequence.
“The sport is early Sunday, which does not assist, however we’ll see,” stated Dallas supervisor Rick Carlisle. “We have now all of the superior therapies you’ll be able to have, like each workforce right here. We’ll see how this reacts over the subsequent 36 hours.”
Doncic averaged 35.zero factors, 7.5 rebounds and eight.zero assists, whereas the Mavs and Clippers cut up the sequence’ first two video games. He had 13 factors, 10 rebounds and 10 assists in Recreation Three and, on the age of 21, turned the third youngest participant in NBA historical past to file a playoff triple-double, behind solely Magic Johnson and LeBron James.
Carlisle stated Doncic did not make the sprain worse by enjoying a couple of minutes to start out the fourth quarter. After evaluating Doncic and re-taping his ankle, the director of participant well being and efficiency in Dallas, Carl Smith, knowledgeable Carlisle that Doncic wished to return to the sport, nevertheless it was shortly understood that Doncic’s mobility was severely affected.
Doncic gestured to the Dallas bench that he needed to finish the sport. He knocked over his chair in frustration earlier than returning to the locker room with Smith.
“I simply wished to get in,” stated Doncic, who was off the sphere once they misplaced four of 14. “We nonetheless had an opportunity to win and assist my team-mates. After all I may run a bit, however I could not push my left leg off so it was higher to exit and let somebody play.”