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Dallas Mavericks: Dwight Powell (health and safety protocols) out versus Hornets

Dallas Mavericks Dwight Powell Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
Dallas Mavericks Dwight Powell Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Dallas Mavericks: Dwight Powell in healthy and safety protocols: Out vs. Hornets

Dallas Mavericks center Dwight Powell is off to a slow start this season. It should be expected as Powell is less than a year removed from tearing his Achilles. The Mavs big man will continue to improve as the season progresses. Powell has shown flashes of being that elite roll man, but the consistency has not been there yet.

The Mavericks added two players to their list that is out because of health and safety protocols on Tuesday. Both Maxi Kleber and Dwight Powell will miss Wednesday’s game against the Charlotte Hornets and beyond. They will join Josh Richardson, Dorian Finney-Smith, and Jalen Brunson who have not played since Jan. 7.

Who steps up with Powell and Kleber both out? Let us take a closer look.

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Who steps up with Dallas Mavericks big man Dwight Powell out?

The Mavs will be down to 12 healthy players for the Jan. 13 game in Charlotte. Kristaps Porzingis is set to make his season debut to give Dallas a boost. He will play significant minutes in the frontcourt along with Willie Cauley-Stein, James Johnson, and Boban Marjanovic. Those will the team’s only healthy big men on Wednesday evening.

The Mavericks will be without their three best perimeter defenders in Charlotte. That could be problematic as the Hornets’ three best scoring options are all perimeter threats. The play of Gordon Hayward, Devonte Graham, and Terry Rozier will be something to watch on Jan. 13.

Fans should expect Dwight Powell and Maxi Kleber to miss at least ten days of action. The Dallas Mavericks will try to keep winning in their absence, but it will not be easy. Stay tuned to see how it all plays out starting on Wednesday night against the Hornets. Do not miss it.

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