Superstar playmaker Luka Doncic is one of three Dallas Mavericks who have approved NBA health and safety protocols and are expected to join the team ahead of Sunday’s game in Oklahoma City.
Shooting goaltender Tim Hardaway Jr. and forward Maxi Kleber also cleared the protocols after missing several games due to COVID-19.
None of the three players were on the team’s injury report released on Saturday.
Doncic has not played since he aggravated his sprained left ankle in a Dec. 10 loss to the Indiana Pacers. He missed the next five games with ankle pain and was scheduled to return on Dec. 23 against the Milwaukee Bucks, but tested positive for COVID-19, causing Doncic to miss five more games.
Hardaway and Kleber, two of the Mavs ‘best reserves, have each missed the Mavs’ last six games. The Mavs managed to go 5-5 during Doncic’s extended absence despite a COVID-19 outbreak that resulted in a total of 10 Dallas players entering league protocols, including two players on tough 10-point deals. days. Jalen Brunson, replacing Doncic as the starting point guard, averaged 21.0 points and 7.4 assists per game over the streak.