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Luka Doncic says he’ll play Wednesday vs. Kings [UPDATE]

Mavericks All-Star has been sidelined with ankle sprain, hoping to get in some action before All-Star Weekend.

Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic watches his team take on the Memphis Grizzlies during the second half at the American Airlines Center. Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

UPDATE: Feb. 11, 3:23 p.m. — Doncic told reporters Tuesday that he will play vs. the Kings.

UPDATE: Feb. 11, 2:42 p.m. — Mavs coach Rick Carlisle is hopeful Doncic will be able to play Wednesday vs. the Kings.

So we’ll have to wait and see on Luka’s official status for this game, but it’s looking like he’ll be able to return. With Doncic back — pending a minutes restriction — we can expect less usage and offense from Kristaps Porzingis and Jalen Brunson should go back to the bench.

Dallas Mavericks All-Star Luka Doncic has been recovering from an ankle sprain and is hopeful to return to the lineup Wednesday vs. the Sacramento Kings. Doncic has been participating in scrimmages at practice, which is encouraging. He hasn’t played since Jan. 28 and has missed the past six games, including Monday night vs. the Jazz.

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My guess is Doncic will return on a minutes restriction Wednesday and be ready to roll for the Rising Stars Game on Friday night for Team World. The NBA wants all of its stars healthy enough for All-Star Weekend, so it’s nice to see Doncic able to get back in time. After that, we should expect him to return to his normal workload after the break given he’ll have plenty of rest before the Mavs pick things up on Feb. 21 against the Magic.