Dallas Mavericks: Player grades in first-round series vs. LA Clippers
Dallas Mavericks playoff player grade: Kristaps Porzingis
Porzingis’ injury changed the series. There is no debate there. The Clippers did not have an answer for the Unicorn.
Dallas was ahead by five points when KP was ejected in game one. He should not have been thrown out for his actions, but that is a story for a different time. Porzingis had 14 points and six rebounds in just under 20 minutes of action.
The Mavs won game two as he chipped in 23 and seven. The Unicorn was seven of 13 from the field and three of four on his threes. It was a fantastic and efficient performance.
Porzingis had 34 points and 13 rebounds in game three. Dallas lost, but he was outstanding. KP was 11 of 18 from the field including making five 3-pointers. Had Luka Doncic not missed time with an ankle injury, Dallas may have won.
Kristaps Porzingis did not play another game. He tore his meniscus during game one. The Unicorn had two outstanding performances while dealing with the injury. Who knows if Dallas advances with KP, but they certainly make it a series.
Kristaps Porzingis played well, but he missed the final three games including two losses. The Unicorn gets a B-plus grade for his first NBA playoff series.