Mavericks star Luka Doncic exits recreation vs. Suns with ankle damage

Dallas Mavericks celebrity Luka Doncic exited within the first quarter of Thursday’s recreation in opposition to the Phoenix Suns due to a sprained left ankle.

Doncic suffered the damage when he stepped on a Suns defender’s foot whereas pivoting a couple of minutes into the sport.

Dallas known as a timeout with 8:39 remaining within the first quarter to substitute for Doncic, who instantly limped to the locker room together with Mavs director of participant well being and efficiency Casey Smith.

The Mavs introduced on the conclusion of the primary quarter that Doncic wouldn’t return to the sport. An X-ray was unfavourable.

Doncic, who was chosen as an All-Star starter, entered the evening because the NBA’s main scorer with 33.8 factors per recreation. He’s additionally averaging a team-best 9.1 rebounds and eight.6 assists per recreation.

The Mavs are 0-5 in video games Doncic has not performed this season, all of which have been the second evening of back-to-backs.