Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic stressed that the injury he received from the ankle after losing to the Los Angeles Clippers was “not that bad.”
Doncic injured his ankle in the third quarter of his 130-122 defeat in Game 3 of the Western Conference first round series on Friday. While the Mavs was 2-1 behind in the series, the guard returned shortly before struggling and finished with 13 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists.
Doncic insists the setback is not serious, but an MRI will be performed on Saturday.
After the match, he told reporters, “So I saw the video. I don’t know how, but it’s not that bad.” “To be honest, I was lucky on my left wrist, that’s not my right, so don’t get a little sprain. We’ll learn more tomorrow.”
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Doncic wasn’t sure if he would be available for the Mavericks in game 4 on Sunday. Slovene said he felt constrained after returning to court.
“I just wanted to get in. I know we still have a chance to win, help my teammates, but obviously I could run a little, but I didn’t push my left leg,” Doncic said. “It was better to go out and let someone play.”
Mavs coach Rick Carlisle was also unsure of Doncic’s return for Game 4.
“The game is early on Sunday, which doesn’t help some things, but we’ll see,” Carlisle said. “We have every advanced treatment you can have, as every team here does. We will see how that will respond in the next 36 hours.”
Doncic, 21, became the third-youngest player to break the triple-double record in the playoffs, after only Magic Johnson and LeBron James.