Luka Doncic took an untimely exit against the Phoenix Suns on Thursday.
The limping Dallas Mavericks superstar ended the night early, accidentally sustaining a left ankle sprain in the early portion of the first quarter. In the middle of the match, reports suggest that x-ray results went negative on the side of Doncic.
Right at postgame, head coach Jason Kidd said that Doncic “was in good spirits” even after what happened, but further important details regarding his condition will yet to be revealed soon.
“He looked good. He looked fine,” Kidd said, via Callie Caplan of the Dallas Morning News. “But we’ll see as we go forward here. We’ll have probably more information once we get to Utah.”
As such, Kidd made it known that Doncic was happy and proud that his teammates stepped up amid his absence to grab the resilient 99-95 road win over the Suns.
“He was smiling,” Kidd said. “And he was happy for his teammates, saying DP made some big free throws but then to come up with that missed free throw rebound. Just his grit tonight for DP was at a high level. The character of that team played hard and found a way to win.”
Spencer Dinwiddie boldly took the lead for Dallas without Doncic, churning a season-high 36 points and draining 5-of-6 three-pointers. Dorian Finney-Smith was also superb with his 18-point, 12-board double-double, with Dwight Powell being clutch at the crunch time and finishing with his 15 points and four boards.
The Mavs have deleted their three-straight losses and will look to expand their winning ways as they face the Utah Jazz on Saturday.