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Dallas Mavericks: Kristaps Porzingis (back) out vs. Grizzlies

Dallas Mavericks Kristaps Porzingis Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
Dallas Mavericks Kristaps Porzingis Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

The Dallas Mavericks are back in action. They had two consecutive games postponed after severe weather wreaked havoc across Texas. The break could be a blessing in disguise as the Mavs had the opportunity to practice and get better acclimated.

They have only played eight games with their preferred starting five all season. The Mavericks have won five of those contests. Fans saw glimpses of their elite offense from last season, but the defense has struggled.

The streak of eight straight will come to an end on Feb. 22 because Kristaps Porzingis was ruled out with a back injury. Here is the latest on the injury, plus what fans should expect with KP out.

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Fans can see a quote from coach Rick Carlisle courtesy of Brad Townsend below.

Porzingis defensive issues this season have been well documented. Perhaps the back injury has played a factor in his slow start. Expect the Mavericks to cautious with KP. They do not need to risk further injury with the Unicorn. Stay tuned for updates as they become available.

Fans should watch Porzingis closely when he returns. Dallas needs him to step up as a rim protector if they are going to make noise in the playoffs. KP is the key to the Mavs defensive improvements. They need him healthy and firing on all cylinders.

The Mavericks will pivot to using Willie Cauley-Stein and Dwight Powell at center with Porzingis out. The Unicorn has missed 11 games this season, so fans should know what to expect. Coach Carlisle will continue playing small to maintain their floor spacing. WCS and Powell are going to be the team’s primary roll man without KP.

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