The Dallas Mavericks dropped a heartbreaker to the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday night, but Kristaps Porzingis had an incredible performance. He finished with 31 points and 15 rebounds, but it was not enough for the Mavs to get a win.
They face the Philadelphia 76ers on the second night of a back-to-back on Monday. The Mavericks will be looking to bounce back and grab their 30th win of the season. They will have to do it without one of their stars, though.
Dallas ruled out Porzingis as he continues to sit on the second nights of back-to-backs. Fans were hoping his strong performance against the Bucks would allow him to suit up, but the Mavericks decided otherwise. Here is a closer look at who needs to step up with KP in the lineup.
Dallas Mavericks star Kristaps Porzingis out vs. Sixers: Who steps up?
Maxi Kleber is back in the lineup on Monday night. He missed Sunday’s game against the Spurs with a leg injury. Expect Kleber to start in the frontcourt against the Sixers.
The Mavericks will have to deal with Joel Embiid down low. That could mean Boban Marjanovic gets minutes as they attempt to make the Sixers star work. Nicolo Melli, Dwight Powell, and Willie Cauley-Stein are options for minutes as Dallas looks to make life difficult on the Sixers.
Dallas needs Jalen Brunson, Josh Richardson, and Tim Hardaway Jr. to pick up their scoring on Monday night. Porzingis averages 20 a night, so replacing his production will have to be a group effort.
J.J. Redick will play his first game with the Dallas Mavericks on April 12. The sharpshooter should help space the floor and keep the offense running efficiently.
It will take a total team effort to defeat the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday night. Stay tuned for an exciting and entertaining game at the American Airlines Center.