Mavericks list Luka Doncic (left ankle sprain) as questionable vs. Detroit Pistons
The outlook on Luka Doncic’s return from his left ankle injury continues to improve.
On their injury report Sunday, the Mavericks listed Doncic (left ankle sprain) as questionable to play Monday night against the Detroit Pistons, an upgrade in status after Dallas ruled him out more than a day before he missed Saturday’s loss to Utah.
Christian Wood (left thumb fracture) and Maxi Kleber (right hamstring surgery) remain out.
Coach Jason Kidd categorized Doncic as “day to day” after he rolled his ankle about three minutes into Thursday’s win over Phoenix, and the 23-year-old’s pregame activity Saturday showed potential for a quicker recovery than past ankle sprains.
Doncic spent about 20 minutes on the Jazz’s Vivint Arena court Saturday, taking midrange, 3-point and foul shots to test his ankle about two days after rolling it on a Phoenix defender’s foot.
He didn’t pivot, step back or land with high impact, but Doncic moved without a noticeable limp or other limitations.
After they play Detroit Monday, the Mavericks will face the Pelicans on Thursday at American Airlines Center to start a stretch of seven games against teams ahead of them in the Western Conference standing over their last eight before the All-Star break.
Though they beat the Suns with Doncic scoreless in three minutes before his injury, the Mavericks remain winless (0-6) in full games without their superstar this season.
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