Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic has been placed in the NBA’s COVID-19 protocols, along with Trey Burke after testing positive.
Doncic, who has missed the previous five games with left ankle soreness, will miss Thursday’s game against the Bucks.
Kristaps Porzingis (right toe soreness) will be questionable for tomorrow night’s game against the Bucks.
Luka Dončić (health & safety protocols) and Trey Burke (health & safety protocols) will be out.
— Mavs PR (@MavsPR) December 22, 2021
The Mavs signed forward/guard George King to a 10-day contract under the COVID-related hardship allowance earlier on Wednesday. King (6-6, 225) averaged 13.7 points, 5.7 rebounds in 11 games with the G League’s Agua Caliente Clippers earlier this season.
Burke, according to ESPN, is the only unvaccinated Mavs player. The Mavs currently have six players in the NBA’s health protocols, including Tim Hardaway Jr., Reggie Bullock, Josh Green, and Maxi Kleber.
The Mavs are also currently without Eugene Omoruyi (right foot surgery) and Willie Cauley-Stein (personal).
Players in COVID protocol can’t return for either 10 days, or they test negative twice, whichever comes first.
Doncic is likely to miss the Christmas Night game against the Jazz and Monday’s game against the TrailBlazers. It’s also possible, if Doncic is not asymptomatic, he could miss back-to-back games in Sacramento on Dec. 29 and 31.
The NBA has been hit hard of late with surging COVID cases sweeping across the league. Two more games were postponed on Wednesday because the Raptors and Nets both fell below the eight-player threshold.