The Dallas Mavericks were dealing with a plethora of injuries heading into their game against the Nuggets. A look at their health statuses going forward.
The Dallas Mavericks had been bitten hard by the injury bug heading into the March 11 game against Denver Nuggets. Starters Kristaps Porzingis (knee), Seth Curry (ankle), and Dorian Finney-Smith (hip) sat out. Jalen Brunson (shoulder) and Dwight Powell (Achilles) also were not in uniform for Dallas.
The events on Wednesday night took multiple unexpected turns. During the Mavs game, the Thunder and Jazz postponed their game. Then, news broke that the NBA would be suspending its season because of COVID-19. The Mavericks kept playing and went on to beat the Nuggets 113-97 at the American Airlines Center.
Fans were left wondering what was ahead. There were many unanswered questions. Commissioner Adam Silver gave them an update on March 12. He noted that they will take at least a 30-day hiatus.
A month without basketball does not sound appealing, but the Mavericks should be healthy when play resumes. It gives Luka Doncic time to rest his thumb and wrist sprains. Kristaps Porzingis can heal his bulky knee. Seth Curry and Dorian Finney-Smith should be back to 100 percent.
The Mavs will still be dealing with two injury issues. Brunson has a torn labrum in his shoulder. He planned to play through the injury down the stretch, but he had surgery which likely rules him out. Dwight Powell will still be rehabbing his Achilles surgery as well. He will be pushing to be back on the court at the beginning of the 2020-2021 season.
Hopefully, the Dallas Mavericks can make a run in whatever games remain this season. They should be fresh and healthy. That makes them a scary opponent for almost any team.
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