The Dallas Mavericks have ten games over the next 16 days to close out the 2020-2021 regular season. Every contest is important as they fight to avoid the play-in tournament. The Mavs are currently sixth, but hold the slimmest of margins over the Portland Trail Blazers. They have won five of their last six games but will have to keep it rolling without Kristaps Porzingis.
The Unicorn exited Thursday’s game with a knee injury and did not return. He was ruled out for Saturday’s game early but will miss more time.
Here is a closer look at what head coach Rick Carlisle had to say about KP’s latest injury pregame on May 1 before examining what fans should expect moving forward.
Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle gives an update on Kristaps Porzingis
Carlisle ruled out the Unicorn for both games of their current back-to-back set. He added this, courtesy of Brad Townsend.
The soonest Porzingis could suit up would be Tuesday in Miami. The Mavericks have four games next week, including two against teams fighting for playoff position in the Eastern Conference. They would love to have KP take on those challenges, but the organization must be cautious with the playoffs right around the corner.
Fans should be worried about the Unicorn’s latest injury. He had surgery on that knee in October. Developing soreness now could be the next sign in it becoming a consistent problem. Supporters should be watching and reading the tea leaves closely on this injury.
The Dallas Mavericks will need Maxi Kleber, Dwight Powell, and Willie Cauley-Stein to step up and handle the minutes at the five with Kristaps Porzingis out. All three are capable and give the team different elements. Hopefully, the Mavericks can stay hot and avoid the play-in. Do not miss a second of the action down the stretch to find out.