DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Dallas Mavericks’ all-star Luka Doncic is set to return to the lineup tonight against the Sacramento Kings. He had missed the past seven games due to a sprained ankle suffered in a scrimmage on January 30th.
Doncic, who participated in a five-on-five scrimmage on Monday, declared himself “ready” to return and noted he was “excited” yesterday while speaking with the media.READ MORE: UPDATE: Investigation Continues Into Cause Of Military Plane Crash Into Texas Neighborhood
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“I’m ready. I’ll try. I’m just excited to be back out there, just playing 🏀 “ pic.twitter.com/PNMXX1hSeP
— Brad Townsend (@townbrad) February 11, 2020
Dallas Mavericks’ owner Marc Cuban told 105.3 The Fan added that Doncic is also ready for the NBA All-Star this coming Sunday.
“Luka’s back tonight. He’s so ready because he’s gotta play in this game in order to play in the All-Star game, so he was gearing (to play in this game) the whole time,” Cuban said. “We haven’t really had our first-string lineup together, and haven’t had any continuity with lineups in a long time. … So, we’re going to start getting our rotations down and hopefully come back after the All-Star game and get some momentum to really make some things happen.”
The Mavericks were 3-4 in the seven games Doncic sat out, and will surely be happy to welcome back the MVP candidate. For the season the Mavs are 5-6 in games without Doncic.
For the 2019-2020 season, Doncis is averaging 28.8 pts, 9.5 rebounds, and 8.7 assists. He also has a career-high 12 triple-doubles.MORE NEWS: Homeland Security Chief At Texas-Mexico Border As Thousands Of Migrants Crowd In Makeshift Camp
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