DALLAS – Luka Doncic will not play on Friday night at 7:30 when the Dallas Mavericks host the Denver Nuggets at American Airlines Center.
The rookie point guard from Slovenia is listed as day-to-day with soreness in his right ankle.
“It’s not serious,” coach Rick Carlisle said during his pregame press conference. “But he won’t play tonight.”
After Friday’s game, the Mavs will board a plane and fly to Salt Lake City where they’ll play the Utah Jazz on Saturday at 9 p.m. When asked if he’ll play against the Jazz, Doncic said: “I don’t know.”
With no Doncic to contend with, what changes for the Nuggets?
“It doesn’t really change our game plan,” Nuggets coach Michael Malone said. “Obviously, with him he’s one of the better pick-and-roll players in the game, so we’ll probably see fewer pick and rolls.”
Doncic leads the Mavs in scoring (20.7) and assists (5.6), and also averages 7.2 rebounds per game. He also is averaging 18.7 points, 7.3 rebounds and five assists on the second night of a back-to-back.