The Mavericks may be headed towards some bad news after coach Rick Carlisle announced star Luka Doncic injured his right ankle during practice on Thursday.
Carlisle added that Doncic’s status for Friday’s night’s game against the Rockets is unknown.
ESPN’s Tim MacMahon reports that a source described Doncic’s ankle injury as similar to the sprain he suffered earlier this season. Doncic missed four games after he sustained a right ankle sprain against the Heat on Dec. 14. He exited the game after stepping on Kendrick Nunn’s foot on a drive to the basket and rolling his right ankle.
On Dec. 27, Doncic returned to Dallas’ lineup and scored 24 points to help his team take down the Spurs.
The Mavericks (29–18, 18–11 conference) currently sit in fifth place in the Western Conference, while the Rockets (29–18, 18–14 conference) are on their heels in sixth.
Houston will host the Mavericks at 7:30 p.m. ET on Friday night.