Doncic to miss Mavericks' five-game road trip due to heel injury
The Dallas Mavericks will be without franchise centrepiece Luka Doncic for their five-game road trip due to a heel injury.
Doncic damaged his right heel when he fell during a 111-106 win over the New Orleans Pelicans on Thursday.
The four-time NBA All-Star was unable to return after leaving the court in the third quarter, and he did not make the journey west with his team-mates on Friday.
Doncic will miss an encounter with the Golden State Warriors on Saturday and will also be absent for a game against the Utah Jazz and a meeting with the Los Angeles Clippers next week.
He will also sit out back-to-back showdowns with the Sacramento Kings along with Davis Bertans (calf).
Dallas are 0-6 without Doncic this season, although he played only four minutes of a win over the Phoenix Suns due to a sprained left ankle on January 26.
Mavericks head coach Jason Kidd said of Doncic's injury: "We'll see how that turns out, then we'll be able to give an update. No participation, nor will those two go on the trip.
"As we get the MRI [results], I think we'll be able to give an update on their status."
Dallas are seeded fourth in the Western Conference standings.