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Luka Doncic out at least two weeks after sustaining right ankle injury

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The Dallas Mavericks may have survived a worse case scenario involving their emerging superstar, but will still have to get by without him for a little while.

The team announced that star guard/forward Luka Doncic will be sidelined for a minimum of two weeks after he sustained a ‘moderate right ankle sprain’ early on during Saturday’s overtime loss to the Miami Heat.

The two-week time period is an absolute best case scenario, but don’t expect the Mavericks to rush back their superstar as he rehabs his injured ankle.

Doncic, 20, has been putting up MVP numbers to start his sophomore season with Dallas. The 2019 third overall pick has averaged 29.6 points, 9.6 rebounds, and 8.9 assists in 25 games this season. He has also tied Magic Johnson’s record for most triple doubles by an NBA player in their age 20 season.

The Mavericks will be without Doncic during a tough stretch, as they face the Bucks, Celtics, Raptors, Sixers and Spurs in their next five games.

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Clippers guard Patrick Beverley calls out Nuggets star Nikola Jokic for flopping

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The Los Angeles Clippers may have won Game 3, but it wasn’t easy. One of their toughest challenges was stopping Denver Nuggets big man Nikola Jokic, who scored 32 points on solid efficiency and recorded 12 rebounds and eight assists on the night.

When asked about Jokic’s dominance, Clippers guard Patrick Beverley did not mince any words about why that’s the case.

“He presents the same thing Luka Doncic presents: a lot of flailing,” said Beverley after the game.

“He puts a lot of pressure on the referees to make the right calls.”

Was it an attempt to get under Jokic’s skin? Or was it a legitimate complaint he was expressing. Either way, Jokic responded with an observation of his own.

“They had 26 free throws. We had 10,” said Jokic.

“I am just showing the ref it is a foul.”

The Los Angeles Clippers have a 2-1 series lead. Game 4 is on Wednesday at 9pm/ET.


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Sixers likely to part ways with head coach Brett Brown after latest playoff disaster

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One thing we know for sure is the Philadelphia 76ers are making major changes this offseason. And it will probably start in the coaching department.

According to reports, the Sixers are likely to part with head coach Brett Brown. The news comes days after they were swept in the first round by the Boston Celtics in the NBA playoffs. The team was projected by many experts to finish first in the Eastern Conference, and make an appearance in the NBA Finals. But a lack of on-court chemistry, questionable roster changes in the offseason, and internal strife lead to them being the most disappointing teams of the 2019/2020 campaign.

Brown, 59, had been coaching the Sixers since the beginning days of their rebuild prior to the 2013/2014 season. During his tenure, he led the franchise to three playoff appearances in seven seasons, and a combined 221-344 record in that span.

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Nets forward Joe Harris leaves NBA bubble due to personal reasons

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The Brooklyn Nets’ already slim chances in the playoffs just took another hit.

The team announced that guard/forward Joe Harris has left the NBA’s Orlando bubble to attend to a non-medical personal matter. Due to the league’s quarantine rules, the only way he will be able to return to the Nets’ series against the Toronto Raptors is if they push it to Game 6 or Game 7.

The 28-year old has averaged 16.5 points and 10.5 rebounds in the two games this series.

The Nets trail the Raptors 2-0 in the opening round series. The next game is on Friday at 1:30pm.

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