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Luka Doncic out Monday night; Mavs looking at Wednesday return

Luka not in best shape

SALT LAKE CITY, UT - JANUARY 25: Luka Doncic #77 of the Dallas Mavericks in action during a game against the Utah Jazz at Vivint Smart Home Arena on January 25, 2019 in Salt Lake City, Utah. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)

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Monday night against Utah becomes the seventh game that Luka Doncic has been out with an ankle sprain he suffered in practice. It also could be the last.

Doncic went through a 5-on-5 practice (according to Tim MacMahon of ESPN) and the hope is that he returns Wednesday, according to Mark Cuban. Who should know.

That timeline would have Doncic playing in the All-Star Game, where he was voted a starter by the fans. The league office takes issue with players who take the court in their final game before the ASG then try to sit out the game itself.

The Mavericks have gone 3-3 without Doncic, throw in the four games he missed earlier in the season with a sprained ankle and Dallas is 5-5 without him. They are 27-16 with him in the lineup.

In just his second season in the league, and still just age 20, Doncic has played his way into the MVP ballot discussion averaging 28.8 points, 9.7 rebounds, and 8.5 assists a game. His pick-and-roll game is as good as any in the league and he is the heart of Dallas’ league-best offense.