Dallas Mavericks coach Ricky Carlisle does not expect Luka Doncic to play against Milwaukee Buck on Monday after suffering a right ankle injury in their overtime defeat to Miami Therma.
Doncic played less than two minutes after the Mavericks’ 122-118 loss to the Heat, which fell to a 17-8 record. The Slovenian enjoys a second breakout period having him in discussion with the most valuable player. Doncic averages 29.3 points per game to go with 8.9 assists and 9.6 rebounds.
However, it is unlikely to end MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo’s battle when the Mavericks visit the Bucks, who lead the Eastern Conference after 18 consecutive wins.
Speaking at a media conference, Carlisle said: “Lucas has a right to the ankle, hopefully it’s not serious, the X-rays were negative.”
The Mavericks led 73-50 at halftime, but gave up a countless second-half fight to force the extra five-minute period.
Asked what he was saying to his team in the space with Doncic, Carlisle replied: “Needless to say, the men knew we were getting above and beyond and I turned around in the second half.
“We needed to play another game or have another ball bounce or get another call.
“It’s frustrating [Doncic’s injury], but the next man up, obviously we lose a player who is a great player, we don’t know for how long and I don’t expect to play against Milwaukee, this is an opinion that is not a media release. or something like that, but we have to circle around with the guys that we have and play like we did in the second half, pretty simple. “
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