Dallas Mavericks: How will Kristaps Porzingis injury impact him vs. Clippers?

Dallas Mavericks Kristaps Porzingis (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
Dallas Mavericks Kristaps Porzingis (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) /

Dallas Mavericks star Kristaps Porzingis has knee injury: Does it impact him?

The Dallas Mavericks entered the series against the LA Clippers as underdogs. They lost game one after Kristaps Porzingis was ejected in the third quarter for picking up his second technical foul. The Mavs looked like a serious threat before the KP incident. That gives them a lot of hope heading into game two.

The Mavericks need Luka Doncic to be lights out to top the Clippers. LA is one of the best teams in the NBA. Luka had a record-breaking performance in game one, and it was still not enough. It is one of the many reasons why Kristaps Porzingis is the key to this series.

Dallas got some bad news on Wednesday ahead of game two. Let us take a look, and how it impacts the series.

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Dallas Mavericks star Kristaps Porzingis is dealing with a knee injury

Tim MacMahon reported the following on Wednesday afternoon.

KP will suit up in game two, but he may not be 100 percent.

How will the knee injury impact Dallas Mavericks star Kristaps Porzingis?

The Mavericks may choose to be cautious too. The future is bright in Dallas. Porzingis is signed until at least 2023. The Mavs do not want to risk a long-term injury to try to win one playoff game. They could be cautious with his minutes. It is something to monitor on Wednesday night.

The Unicorn playing in game two is a positive sign. The Mavericks need him at his best. The injury could impact his jumper. KP hit just 35.2 percent from 3-point range this season which is below his career average of 35.8. Some of that was getting his legs back under after missing 20 months of action. Another knee injury might throw that shot off again.

Porzingis has struggled against the Clippers this season. He is eight of 27 from 3-point range in their four meetings.

The knee injury could also impact KP’s defense. The 25-year-old struggling to move his feet and protect the rim could be a massive blow to the Mavericks.

Kristaps Porzingis’ injury is something to monitor going forward. The Mavs need him at 100 percent to pull the upset. It does not sound like KP is there. Keep an eye on his play and production moving forward. Hopefully, the Unicorn shines against the Clippers. Stay tuned to find out.

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