NBA: Mavericks' Luka Doncic, two others, clear COVID-19 protocol

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Posted at Jan 02 2022 09:06 AM

Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (77) watches from the team bench during the first quarter of the game between the Dallas Mavericks and the Minnesota Timberwolves at the American Airlines Center. Jerome Miron, USA TODAY Sports/Reuters
Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (77) watches from the team bench during the first quarter of the game between the Dallas Mavericks and the Minnesota Timberwolves at the American Airlines Center. Jerome Miron, USA TODAY Sports/Reuters

Dallas Mavericks star guard Luka Doncic cleared the COVID-19 protocol on Saturday and is expected to play in Sunday's road game against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Dallas guard Tim Hardaway Jr. and forward Maxi Kleber also cleared the protocol. The Mavericks removed all three players from their injury report.

Doncic missed the past 10 games -- the first five due to an ankle injury and the last five due to the COVID-19 protocol. He last played on Dec. 10 and the Mavericks went 5-5 without him.

Doncic, 22, is averaging 25.6 points, 8.0 rebounds and 8.5 assists in 21 games this season.

Hardaway and Kleber will both return after six-game absences. Hardaway is averaging 14.9 points in 29 games while Kleber is averaging 7.3 points in 20 games.

The Mavericks have five players still in the protocol: Trey Burke, Brandon Knight, Boban Marjanovic, JaQuori McLaughlin and Isaiah Thomas.

Also, guard Frank Ntilikina (thigh) is listed as questionable.