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Luka Doncic expected to play vs. Spurs

The Dallas Mavericks are planning to bring star forward Luka Doncic back, now expected to play against the San Antonio Spurs, according to ESPN’s Tim MacMahon.

Doncic was listed as questionable prior to Christmas, but the second-year forward is set to return after missing the past four games with an ankle sprain, which he suffered in the opening minute of a matchup against the Miami Heat.

The Slovenian wonder has had 12 days to nurse the injury, now ready to finish out the year with games against the Spurs and the Golden State Warriors.

The Mavs have gone 2-2 during his absence; 2-3, considering they played the vast majority of their game against the Heat without Doncic. Yet each of their losses has been by six points or less, a sign that they’re able to operate without him.

Wins against an NBA-best Milwaukee Bucks team and the Philadelphia 76ers are certain standouts of this trial without Doncic spearheading the offense, as Dallas has proven plenty capable without its best player.

Doncic leads the team in points, rebounds, and assists as a nightly 30-point triple-double threat, though Dallas has managed to hold onto the fifth spot in a loaded West, even amid his absence.

Doncic recently inked a deal with Brand Jordan to become the next in a select family of athletes, an announcement that came an hour prior to this report of his availability.

The 20-year-old phenom is averaging 29.3 points, 9.6 rebounds, and 8.9 assists this season through 25 games in 2019-20.