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Luka Doncic (ankle) to sit against Rockets

Mar 21, 2022; Dallas, Texas, USA;  Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (77) controls the ball as Minnesota Timberwolves guard Patrick Beverley (22) defends during the second half at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Dallas All-Star guard Luka Doncic will sit out the Mavericks’ next game against the Houston Rockets on Wednesday with right ankle soreness.

Doncic played 38 minutes in Monday night’s win over the Minnesota Timberwolves, scoring just 15 points on 5-of-17 shooting. He did hand out 10 assists.

Doncic, 23, is averaging 27.9 points, 9.1 rebounds and 8.6 assists in 56 starts this season.

The team also announced that Davis Bertans (knee) will miss his second consecutive game Wednesday night. Bertans played 12 minutes Saturday but missed Monday’s game.

Mavericks coach Jason Kidd said that it’s unlikely Tim Hardaway Jr. would be able to return at any point in the team’s postseason run. Hardaway underwent surgery on his broken foot in late January and had already been ruled out for the rest of the regular season. He suffered the injury Jan. 25.

The Mavericks are currently the No. 5 seed in the Western Conference and are two games ahead of the Denver Nuggets and 2 1/2 in front of the seventh-place Minnesota Timberwolves. The team that finishes seventh will have to participate in the play-in tournament. The Mavs have nine games remaining.

–Field Level Media