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NBA: Reports: Mavericks star Luka Doncic, Trey Burke in health protocol

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Just when the Dallas Mavericks hoped star Luka Doncic was nearing a return from an ankle injury, he’s entered the NBA’s health and safety protocol, multiple outlets reported Wednesday.

Trey Burke also entered the protocol, per The Athletic.

Doncic sprained his left ankle on Nov. 15 in a 111-101 loss to the Denver Nuggets. He aggravated it in the third quarter of the Dec. 10 loss to the Indianapolis Pacers. He played 37 minutes in that games, scoring 17 points and posting nine rebounds and nine assists, but has missed the past five games.

On the season, the 22-year-old Doncic is averaging 25.6 points, 8.0 rebounds and 8.5 assists in 35.0 minutes per game. The two-time First-Team All-NBA performer has averaged 25.7 points, 8.3 rebounds and 7.8 assists over 220 career games (all starts).

Burke, 29, has spent parts of four seasons with the Mavericks. In 18 games off the bench this season, he’s averaging 7.5 points, 2.2 assists and 1.2 rebounds.

In nine NBA seasons (474 games) with the Utah Jazz, Washington Wizards, New York Knicks, Philadelphia 76ers and Mavericks, Burke has career averages of 9.9 points, 3.2 assists and 1.8 rebounds.

For the Mavericks, power forward Maxi Kleber and guard Josh Green also are in the protocol, and big man Kristaps Porzingis is nursing a sore right foot.

The Mavericks are scheduled to host the Milwaukee Bucks Thursday night, then travel to Utah to meet the Jazz in a Christmas night showdown.

–Field Level Media

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