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Report: Luka Doncic to return for Mavericks-Spurs tonight

Luka Doncic

PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 20: Luka Doncic #77 of the Dallas Mavericks reacts during a game against the Philadelphia 76ers on December 20, 2019 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 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. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by David Dow/NBAE via Getty Images)

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Luka Doncic sprained his ankle nearly two weeks ago.

The Mavericks star is returning before anyone can fret over his timeline.

Tim MacMahon of ESPN:

Doncic’s return comes at a welcome time for the NBA. The NBA’s Christmas games were underwhelming. Doncic was the top MVP candidate not to play. Dallas was arguably the best team not to play.

As one of the NBA’s top young stars, Doncic attracts attention and enthusiasm.

The Mavericks played relatively well without him, going 2-3 against a tough schedule. They beat the Bucks and 76ers and lost close to the Heat, Celtics and Raptors. Dallas is deep.

But Doncic makes the Mavericks – and league – better.