Luka Dončić has been ruled out of Wednesday’s nationally televised game against the Los Angeles Lakers, the Mavericks announced Tuesday afternoon.
Dončić, who has been fighting left ankle soreness, will miss his third consecutive game and it will take the luster away from the anticipated matchup between the Mavericks’ superstar point guard and the Lakers’ LeBron James, an idol of Dončić’s when he was growing up in Slovenia.
Dončić originally injured his left knee and ankle against Denver on Nov. 15. He missed four games afterward and the Mavericks lost all of them. But they have won their last two games without him as Kristaps Porzingis, Jalen Brunson and others have stepped in with strong performances.
The Mavericks also will be without Willie Cauley-Stein (personal reasons), but swingman Sterling Brown (left foot soreness) has been upgraded to questionable for the game.
For the Lakers, Anthony Davis (knee) has been listed as day-to-day. He did not play in Sunday’s win over Orlando.
ESPN will televise the 6:30 p.m. contest.