Mavericks center Dereck Lively and forward Grant Williams both left Wednesday night’s game against the Portland Trail Blazers with sprained ankles and did not return.
After the game, coach Jason Kidd told reporters that both sprains were “mild” and that both Lively and Williams are receiving treatment and the team will know more about their status on Thursday.
Each injury happened in the third quarter of a game the Mavericks won by 29 points. Lively’s happened after Luka Doncic threw a bad pass near his feet, and Portland’s Scoot Henderson cut into Lively’s legs trying to disrupt the play and go for the ball. Lively turned his left ankle pretty badly and had to be helped off the floor and into the locker room.
This is the same ankle Lively injured against this same Portland team on Dec. 16. He wound up missing four games.
Williams injured his right ankle a few minutes later, going for a loose ball and being rolled up on by a Portland player. Williams immediately hobbled off the floor and straight to the locker room.
The Mavericks play the Trail Blazers again on Friday night. Thankfully for the Mavericks, the team just started a seven game homestand on Wednesday, so hopefully Lively and Williams can return before the team goes back on the road on Jan. 17 against the Lakers.