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Dallas Mavericks: Kristaps Porzingis (knee) out vs. Wizards

Dallas Mavericks Kristaps Porzingis Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
Dallas Mavericks Kristaps Porzingis Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

The Dallas Mavericks need every win down the stretch if they are going to avoid the play-in tournament. They currently sit sixth in the Western Conference but are just a half-game ahead of the Trail Blazers. Remember, teams seven through ten in each conference are part of the play-in this year. Fans can get all the specifics here.

Dallas could be fighting to finish in the top six without Kristaps Porzingis. He missed three games with a sprained ankle before coming back against the Pistons. KP injured his knee in the third quarter on Thursday night and was quickly ruled out of the remainder of the game. Things went from bad to worse on May 1.

The Mavericks ruled out Porzingis on the first injury report of the day. He will not play against the Wizards. Here is a closer look at why that is concerning.

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Dallas Mavericks star Kristaps Porzingis (knee) out vs. Wizards

The Mavs did not rule out Porzingis until coach Rick Carlisle met the media 90 minutes before tipoff in each of the three games he missed with a sprained ankle. KP being ruled out early in the day is not a good sign moving forward. Remember, Porzingis had a meniscus repair in his right knee before the season. It is troubling that he is experiencing soreness in that same knee.

The Mavericks face the Wizards on the first of a back-to-back set. They host the Sacramento Kings on Sunday. Fans should consider Kristaps Porzingis doubtful at best for that contest. Coach Rick Carlisle may give an update on his status during his media session before tipoff. Stay tuned for all the latest.

J.J. Redick will also miss Saturday’s game. The Dallas Mavericks will need Luka Doncic to step up and have a massive performance if they are going to top the red-hot Wizards and move into fifth in the West. Fans will not want to miss it, so please tune in and enjoy the game.

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