Dallas Mavericks: Kristaps Porzingis (knee) hoping to avoid surgery
Dallas Mavericks star Kristaps Porzingis (knee) hoping to avoid surgery
The Dallas Mavericks played without Kristaps Porzingis in their last two games. He was listed as questionable coming into both contests. The Unicorn was hoping to play, but his knee injury would not allow it.
On Friday, the Mavs announced KP had a torn meniscus in his right knee. He is out for the remainder of their first-round playoff series against the LA Clippers. The Unicorn could miss more time if the Mavericks advance.
Porzingis met with the media for the first time since that announcement on Saturday. Let us take a look at the latest.
Dallas Mavericks star Kristaps Porzingis hoping to avoid surgery on meniscus tear
KP noted that he attempted to practice on Saturday, but the medical staff shut him down. He clearly wants to play and could return if Dallas advances to the second round or beyond. This also came out of Porzingis’ media availability courtesy of Brad Townsend.
The Unicorn played through the injury in games two and three. He does not want it to end his season. The Mavs would need to win two straight games to advance to the second round. Supporters can hear Porzingis’ entire media availability here.
Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said this in his post-practice press conference.
"“He was on the floor today. He did some shooting and a little bit of moving around. He wants to keep the door open to possibly play if we can move on, but it is a very tough situation. He is trying his best.”"
The Mavs need Porzingis healthy moving forward. They should not risk his long-term health to win a playoff game or two this season. Fans can read more about that here.
The Mavericks resume their first-round playoff series against the LA Clippers on Sunday afternoon. They will need a masterful performance from Luka Doncic to pull the upset. It promises to be an exciting game, so do not miss it.