Dallas Mavericks star Kristaps Porzingis played in his first back-to-back set since tearing his ACL. He passed the test with flying colors.
The Dallas Mavericks had a tough game on their plate on Dec. 4. The Minnesota Timberwolves came to Dallas after two days of rest. The Mavericks defeated the Pelicans in New Orleans on Tuesday night. It was just the second back-to-back of the season for the Mavs.
Kristaps Porzingis rested on the second night the first time. The Mavs are going to cautious with the 24-year-old star. He missed all of the 2018-2019 season after tearing his ACL. Porzingis signed a new five-year max contract with Dallas in the offseason. They want to keep him healthy long-term. That means monitoring his playing time and workload.
The Mavericks put a test in front of KP on Dec. 4. They allowed him to play against the Timberwolves.
Porzingis was limited to 18 minutes in New Orleans. It was a combination of foul trouble and the Mavs blowing out the Pelicans. The second unit kept expanding the lead in the fourth quarter which gave Coach Carlisle the green light to rest his starters.
It was the first time Porzingis played in both ends of a back-to-back since January of 2018. The game marked an important milestone in his recovery. KP is healthy. Doing both ends of a back-to-back is one of the final steps in returning completely.
Here is a look at how Kristaps Porzingis performed against the Minnesota Timberwolves and what it means going forward for the 24-year-old star.