Luka Doncic misses Dallas Mavericks game against Memphis Grizzlies with ankle pain

DALLAS – Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic will miss Saturday night’s game against the Memphis Grizzlies, the second night of a back-to-back, for which the team says it’s left ankle pain.

Doncic missed three straight games last month due to sprained ankle and knee. Dallas lost all three challenges.

The 22-year-old showed moments of discomfort in Friday’s 107-91 loss to the New Orleans Pelicans, a third straight loss at home. No injury was mentioned after the game.

Dallas plays the Grizzlies at home to complete a three-game span over four nights. The Mavericks will have two days off before welcoming Kevin Durant, James Harden and the Brooklyn Nets.

Memphis will miss point guard Ja Morant for the fourth straight game due to a sprained left knee. Morant was the second overall pick in the draft in 2019, a year after Doncic was third overall.

The Grizzlies will play for the first time since setting an NBA record with a 73-point margin of victory in a 152-79 win at home against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

The Mavericks will also be without Kristaps Porzingis for the second straight game due to a left knee concussion. Coach Jason Kidd said Porzingis was injured Monday in a win at New Orleans.

Center Willie Cauley-Stein will miss his fourth straight game, the last three of which have been for personal reasons.