When Will Luka Doncic Return? Dallas Mavericks Star 'Progressing Well' After Ankle Injury

Luka Doncic is "progressing well" after suffering an ankle sprain last week, but an update on his return will not be delivered before Wednesday night.

The Dallas Mavericks guard sprained his right ankle on Saturday, as he stepped onto Miami Heat guard Kendrick Nunn's foot while driving to the basket in the first quarter of the game.

One of the stars of the current NBA season, the Slovenian underwent X-rays to determine the extent of his injury and while the tests were negative, he is expected to be sidelined for a couple of weeks.

Speaking to reporters on Monday night ahead of Dallas' game against the Milwaukee Bucks, Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle was moderately optimistic over Doncic's recovery timeline.

"He is responding well to treatment," he was quoted as saying by ESPN. "He is progressing well. If there is an update, it will be Wednesday night. It might not be much of an update at that point, but he's doing well."

As per The Dallas Morning News' Brad Townsend, the 20-year-old did not travel with the team to Milwaukee on Monday night, remaining in Dallas to receive treatment instead.

According to Harvard Medical School, the recovery time depends on the extent of the damage suffered by the ankle ligaments. If there's no ligament tear, it can take between one and three weeks to recover, while a partial tear can lengthen the recovery timeline to between three and six weeks.

The Mavericks take on Boston on Wednesday, before embarking on a five-game road trip—which is briefly interrupted by a solitary home game against the San Antonio Spurs on December 26—that takes them to Philadelphia, Toronto, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Oklahoma City between December 20 and 31.

The road game against the Warriors falls exactly two weeks on from Doncic's injury and seems the earliest and most optimistic return date for the Slovenian.

Luka left the game after suffering an ankle injury.

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Following the game against the Thunder in Oklahoma, the Mavericks have a six-game home stand, which seems a more conservative option for Dallas to get Doncic back in action.

Dallas is well aware of the need to manage its star's return and will be wary of rushing Doncic back unless he's fully recovered.

Last season's Rookie of the Year has enjoyed a stunning second year in the NBA so far, averaging 29.3 points, 9.6 rebounds and 8.9 assists per game this season.

Doncic leads with eight triple-doubles and last week he extended his streak of games with at least 20 points, five rebounds and five assists to 19, surpassing the record set by Michael Jordan in 1988-89.

Following Doncic's injury, the Mavericks lost 122-118 against the Heat, but rebounded on Monday night and defeated the Bucks 120-116 in Milwaukee.

Kristaps Porzingis finished with 26 points, 12 rebounds and four assists, while Seth Curry added 26 points in 26 minutes off the bench as the Mavericks stopped Milwaukee's winning run to 18 games.

The win improved Dallas' record to 18-8 for the season, lifting them up to third in the Western Conference, behind the Los Angeles Lakers and the Los Angeles Clippers.

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Luka Doncic #77 of the Dallas Mavericks celebrates during a game between Dallas Mavericks and Detroit Pistons at Arena Ciudad de Mexico on December 12 in Mexico City, Mexico. Hector Vivas/Getty