Dallas Mavericks: The injury to Kristaps Porzingis just got worrisome

Dallas Mavericks Kristaps Porzingis Copyright 2020 NBAE (Photo by Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images)
Dallas Mavericks Kristaps Porzingis Copyright 2020 NBAE (Photo by Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images) /

Dallas Mavericks star Kristaps Porzingis was a late scratch against the Kings on Jan. 15. Here is why that could be a significant worry going forward.

The Dallas Mavericks were looking to make it three straight wins on Wednesday evening as they traveled to face the Sacramento Kings. It was the second of a back-to-back against a young and hungry squad, though.

Luka Doncic led the way with a massive 25-point triple-double as the Mavs grabbed a 127-123 victory in Sacramento. He had plenty of help too. Six players scored in double-figures which allowed the Mavericks to dominate the night.

There was some bad news too. Kristaps Porzingis was expected to return after missing eight straight games with a knee injury. Coach Carlisle even noted that The Unicorn would be back against the Kings on a minute’s limit during his pregame presser. That was not the case, though.

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Late scratch

The Mavs literally ruled him out minutes before Wednesday’s tipoff. Here is Tim MacMahon breaking the news.

Porzingis was seen getting up shots and doing some rehab on the court before the game.

Pain is back

The Mavericks have listed his injury as “knee soreness” so far. That gives fans little information to go on.

Porzingis met with the media after Wednesday’s game. He mentions that the soreness came back, and that is why he was held out. Mavs coach Rick Carlisle said this in his postgame press conference.

What it means going forward?

Dallas Mavericks fans should start to worry a bit about Kristaps Porzingis’ injury. He has missed nine straight games and over two weeks of action. It appeared they were just being cautious, but missing a game after being cleared to play is an issue. The injury could be something serious that sidelines Porzingis for an extended period.

It is difficult to judge because the team is so tight-lipped about what is causing the soreness. Perhaps fans will get more information in the days ahead.

The Mavs’ next game is on Friday against the Portland Trail Blazers. KP has not been ruled out for that contest. He was close to playing on Wednesday. Stayed tuned for updates on his status as they become available.

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