Luka Doncic’s ankle injury lingering for the last weeks

Callie Caplan: Jason Kidd said Luka got an MRI on his left ankle today, but didn’t say what scans showed. Injury is “lingering” from original sprain Nov. 15. “He’s been sore. It’s just been a busy stretch of games.” Also, Kristaps Porzingis is still “getting treatment” on left knee contusion.
Source: Twitter @CallieCaplan

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Callie Caplan @CallieCaplan
Jason Kidd said Luka got an MRI on his left ankle today, but didn’t say what scans showed. Injury is “lingering” from original sprain Nov. 15.
“He’s been sore. It’s just been a busy stretch of games.”
Also, Kristaps Porzingis is still “getting treatment” on left knee contusion. – 7:09 PM

Tim MacMahon @espn_macmahon
Per Mavs coach Jason Kidd, Luka Doncic had an MRI today on the sore left ankle that he sprained recently and will be day-to-day after sitting out tonight.
Kristaps Porzingis (knee contusion) will also be day-to-day after sitting out the second straight night. – 6:57 PM

Drew Hill @DrewHill_DM
Without Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis playing tonight, the Grizzlies shoved from 4.5-point underdogs to a 1-point favorite. – 3:10 PM

Dwain Price @DwainPrice
Luka (left ankle soreness) and Porzingis (left knee contusion) both will not play against the Grizzlies tonight. This is the 1st time both stars will have missed the same game this season. – 2:10 PM

Chuck Cooperstein @coopmavs
From the start of last season, Mavs are 2-7 when Luka doesn’t play. 19-16 when Porzingis doesn’t play. 0-3 when both don’t play. Mavs-MEM 7:40 tip tonight @theeagledallas – 1:59 PM

Brad Townsend @townbrad
Noticed Doncic reaching down and grimacing just before this play in the second half, but can’t say for sure which ankle he was favoring. – 1:40 PM

Mark Followill @MFollowill
Mavs injury updates, out tonight vs Memphis –
Luka (left ankle soreness)
KP (left knee contusion)
Cauley-Stein (personal reasons) – 1:21 PM

Michael Wallace @MyMikeCheck
Both Luka (ankle) and Porzingis (knee) listed OUT tonight against @Memphis Grizzlies as Grizz look to extend 3-game win streak. – 1:20 PM

Story continues

Marc Stein @TheSteinLine
The Mavericks say Luka Dončić (left ankle soreness) and Kristaps Porzingis (left knee contusion) are out tonight against Memphis.
More NBA from me: – 1:18 PM

Marc J. Spears @MarcJSpears
Mavs say Luka Dončić (left ankle soreness), Kristaps Porzingis (left knee contusion) and Willie Cauley-Stein (personal reasons) will all miss tonight’s game against Memphis. – 1:17 PM

Brad Townsend @townbrad
Spencer Sanders reminding me of Luka Doncic when calls go against him or don’t get called at all. Lots of scowling and gesturing, maybe letting displeasure affect his play. – 1:07 PM

Kurt Helin @basketballtalk
Jason Kidd calls out Luka Doncic for complaining to officials too much… – 10:01 AM

Marc Berman @NYPost_Berman
Knicks two-way power forward Luka Samanic, a former Spurs first-round pick, with 36 points and 12 rebounds for Westchester Knicks last night. – 8:34 AM

Joe Mullinax @sbnGrizzlies
No Ja v. Luka…potentially no Trip vs. Porzingis…oh well, let’s see if the Grizzlies can extend the winning streak to 4
Memphis Grizzlies vs. Dallas Mavericks Game Preview – 8:30 AM

Oleh Kosel @OlehKosel
How did the Pelicans respond to a record-setting 139-107 loss to the Mavericks? By imposing their will in Dallas.
There were a lot of great contributions in tonight’s 107-91 win, but Ingram reigned supreme, sorry Luka.
24 points
8 rebounds
12 assists – 12:55 AM

Brad Townsend @townbrad
Jason Kidd says Luka Doncic needs to learn when to complain to officials: ‘100% agree,’ Doncic says… – 12:38 AM

Brad Townsend @townbrad
“That game is on me,” Doncic said. “My energy was down.” – 11:47 PM

Tim MacMahon @espn_macmahon
Jason Kidd acknowledged that Luka Doncic’s frequent complaining to officials can hurt the Mavs. He cited poor transition defense due to discussions with refs in particular. Kidd’s quote: – 11:43 PM

Oleh Kosel @OlehKosel
Man, sitting through challenges is stressful. Even if you think you know what should be the call, nothings a given if you’re a Pels fan.
Thankfully, referees don’t overturn foul call on Doncic. BI shooting three big free throws. – 10:57 PM

Oleh Kosel @OlehKosel
Brandon Ingram ALMOST had an opportunity for a 4-point play. Luka Doncic fouls him on a 3-point attempt. Jason Kidd challenging the call.
If BI gets to shoot, he’ll have a chance to push the Pelicans lead to 104-87 with 2:01 left. – 10:54 PM

Eliot Clough @EliotClough
Luka would be so much more likeable if he didn’t complain literally the entire game – 10:54 PM

Oleh Kosel @OlehKosel
Antonio Daniels now coaching up Herb on the mic on how to play Luka defensively. Love it. 🤣 – 10:49 PM

Christian Clark @cclark_13
So all the Pels had to do to slow Luka was put Garrett Temple on him? – 10:30 PM

Brad Townsend @townbrad
Doncic is holding the back of his head. It appears to have been a knee the got him. – 10:09 PM

Eddie Sefko @ESefko
The Mavericks have been outscored 14-6 through the midpoint of the third quarter and are down 58-54. Brandon Ingram with 12 points, 11 assists for Pels. Luka with 14 points, seven rebounds, four assists and six turnovers (all in the first quarter). – 10:07 PM

Andrew Lopez @_Andrew_Lopez
Pels go up 58-54 and that’s a timeout for Dallas.
Pels doing a much better job of being physical with Luka Doncic tonight and making sure he sees extra bodies on drives. – 10:06 PM

Eddie Sefko @ESefko
Luka Doncic takes a tumble and comes up rubbing his left ankle. That’s the ankle (and knee) that was sprained 10 days ago and cost him three games. He stayed in the game. – 10:00 PM

Andrew Lopez @_Andrew_Lopez
Pels open the second half with Herbert Jones on Luka – since Garrett Temple has 3 fouls. – 9:57 PM

Chuck Cooperstein @coopmavs
That wasn’t necessarily what Naismith had in mind. Mavs 48-44 over NO at halftime. Mavs turn it over 11 times (after 18 on Wed), but hold NO to 31.2% FG Doncic 12-5-3 and 6 TO (all in first 7:17). Kleber 9-5 on 3-3 3pt. Ingram 10 for NO. 2nd half soon @theeagledallas – 9:50 PM

Oleh Kosel @OlehKosel
The Pelicans trail the Mavericks 48-44 at halftime. Both offenses picked up and the stars led the charge.
Brandon Ingram: 10 points, 7 assists, 4 rebounds, 0 turnovers
Luka Doncic: 12 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 6 turnovers – 9:42 PM

Andrew Lopez @_Andrew_Lopez
HALF: Mavs 48, Pels 44
– Ingram: 10p, 7a, 4r
– Graham: 6p, 2/6 3P
– Herb: 6p, 2a
– JV: 4p, 5r, 2a
– Trey: 6p, 2/2 3P
Pels: 31.9 FG%, 6/18 3P, 7/10 FT
Mavs: 43.6 FG%, 6/17 3P, 8/11 FT
– Luka: 12p, 5r, 3a, 6 TO (t-career high for a 1H, all 6 in 1Q – career high for a quarter) – 9:42 PM

Jim Eichenhofer @Jim_Eichenhofer
Easy to understand why Jones wants to help on Doncic as much as possible, but watch Temple appear to say to Jonas don’t come over to double if Doncic is well guarded like this – 9:41 PM

Eddie Sefko @ESefko
Mavericks shooting 35 percent after one quarter. Sounds bad until you put it next to New Orleans’ 20.8 percent. Mavericks have a 19-14 lead, despite eight turnovers, six by Luka Doncic. – 9:12 PM

Brad Townsend @townbrad
Doncic on pace for a not-so-great triple-double in the first half alone: 6 points, 5 rebounds, 6 turnovers. – 9:09 PM

Oleh Kosel @OlehKosel
Since there’s no offense to speak of, that’s three straight good defensive possessions for Brandon Ingram when guarding Luka Doncic. – 8:59 PM

Will Guillory @WillGuillory
Luka Doncic is already up to 5 turnovers in the 1st quarter.
Much different from the dominant performance we saw from him in the 1st quarter a few nights ago. – 8:57 PM

Andrew Lopez @_Andrew_Lopez
I am very surprised they didn’t look at that foul on Garrett Temple. He definitely got Luka in the jaw. Probably would’ve been a flagrant 1 if they reviewed it. – 8:57 PM

Brad Townsend @townbrad
Temple nailed Doncic in the chin. How is that not a flagrant? – 8:56 PM

Eddie Sefko @ESefko
For a moment, Luka Doncic had two fouls in the first 4:24. But the last one was changed to Dwight Powell. No. 7 instead of 77. Mavericks up 7-2 early. – 8:49 PM

Brad Townsend @townbrad
Two extremely early fouls on Doncic. – 8:49 PM

Brad Townsend @townbrad
Two early turnovers by Doncic. – 8:46 PM

Brad Townsend @townbrad
Mavs starters: Finney-Smith, Kleber, Powell, Bullock, Doncic. – 8:15 PM

Chuck Cooperstein @coopmavs
Mavs starters: DFS, Kleber, Powell, Bullock, Doncic
NO starters: Jones, Ingram, Valenciunas, Temple, Graham
7:40 tip @theeagledallas – 8:06 PM

More on this storyline

Dallas Mavericks PR: Luka Dončić (left ankle soreness), Kristaps Porzingis (left knee contusion) and Willie Cauley-Stein (personal reasons) will all miss tonight’s game against Memphis. -via Twitter @MavsPR / December 4, 2021

Eddie Sefko: Latest NBA injury report has Luka Doncic still questionable with knee/ankle sprains in his left leg. Also Reggie Bullock questionable with a non-COVID illness. Frank Ntilikina (calf) is out. -via Twitter @ESefko / November 23, 2021

Dwain Price: Luka just said he’s “questionable” for tonight’s game against the Clippers. He said he will work out prior to the game and see how he feels. He has missed the last 3 games with sprains in his left knee and left ankle. -via Twitter @DwainPrice / November 23, 2021


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