The Dallas Mavericks have won four consecutive games and were just finally starting to realize their potential. Since Feb. 6, they are 17-7 and showcasing one of the best offenses in the league. The Mavs have been dangerous since getting healthy, but they will be without one of their stars for at least Monday’s game against the Utah Jazz.
Kristaps Porzingis was ruled out with a wrist injury. It will be the second straight game that he missed. Dallas listed him as out as part of his knee injury recovery plan against the Wizards in the second night of a back-to-back on Saturday evening.
Coach Rick Carlisle did not sound optimistic about the injury during his pregame press conference. Let us take a closer look at what the Mavericks head coach had to say about KP.
Kristaps Porzingis out with wrist: Dallas Mavericks star to miss extended time?
Carlisle had this to say about Porzingis’ injury before Monday’s game, courtesy of Brad Townsend.
The Mavericks head coach also noted that KP would see the doctor on April 5, and the team could know more quickly. Carlisle mentioned Porzingis had dealt with the injury for weeks, but he did not sound optimistic about Monday being the only game the Unicorn misses with the wrist issue.
KP had played some of his best basketball in recent weeks. Over his last 16 games, the Unicorn averaged 20.6 points, 9.4 rebounds, and 1.6 blocks on 49.0 percent shooting from the field and 38.8 percent on his threes. Dallas was hoping he would catch fire down the stretch for the second straight year.
The Mavericks face the Jazz, Rockets, Bucks, and Spurs this week. None of those contests will be easy. Dallas needs to keep their hot streak going to avoid the play-in tournament. That will be extremely difficult if Kristaps Porzingis is forced to miss extended time.
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