Luka Doncic Nearing Post-Christmas Return From Ankle Injury

Matt Galatzan
December 24, 2019 - 1:57 pm
Luka Doncic

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DALLAS (105.3 The Fan) - Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic seems to be nearing a return to action following a full practice on Christmas Eve, telling reporters that he hopes to play Thursday against the Southwest Division rival San Antonio Spurs.

“I feel good,” Doncic told reporters. “There were a lot of things I had to do. We’re just taking care of it. We’ll see how I progress and we’ll see if I’m ready (to play Thursday).”

Doncic has missed the better part of the previous games for the Mavericks after spraining his ankle in the opening minute of the team's matchup with the Miami Heat on December 14th. 

Rick Carlisle echoed the hopes for Doncic to return to action in the post-Christmas affair, noting the quick progress that the second-year star has made since suffering the setback. 

“We had a full practice today, it went well, Luka participated in everything,” Carlisle said. “He seems to be doing better every day. I don’t know what his status will be for Thursday, but it certainly will be upgraded. And he’s doing well. Things are looking better and better.”

Before the injury, Doncic was averaging 29.3 points, 9.6 rebounds and 8.9 assists per contest, and was in the midst of an MVP season with the Mavericks.

The Mavs have been able to hold things together in his absence, however, going 2-3 over a brutal five-game stretch against the Eastern Conference's top-five teams, including statement road wins over the Milwaukee Bucks and Philadelphia 76ers. 

Part of the Mavs success without Doncic has been due to the play of Kristaps Porzingis, who has averaged 22.4 points, 13.8 rebounds, and 2.6 blocks since the Miami matchup.

“They’ve played good,” Doncic said. “We got a great team. I just wanted to go back on the court to play. I’m competitive. I just wanted to get back as soon as possible.”

The 19-10 and fifth-seeded Mavs will take on the Spurs this Thursday night at the American Airlines Center in front of a national audience on TNT.