Biggest question heading into Dallas Mavericks vs. LA Clippers series: 2. Will KP stay healthy?
The Mavs held their own inside the bubble when Kristaps Porzingis was on the floor. They were up by five points in Game 1 when the Unicorn received a second technical foul and was ejected. Dallas won Game 2 in the only contest both Mavericks stars finished. KP had 34 points and 13 rebounds in Game 3 to keep Dallas in the contest, but Luka Doncic barely played in the fourth quarter with an ankle injury. A knee injury cost Porzingis the rest of the series and forced him to have offseason surgery.
No team wants to face the Dallas Mavericks when they are healthy and firing on all cylinders. KP looked to be 100 percent in the final three regular-season games, but he missed seven straight with knee soreness in early May.
Porzingis got his first NBA playoff experience inside the bubble. He still must prove he can stay healthy and be impactful in an entire series. KP could quite his doubters and make a massive impact in this series.
The Clippers are likely to use Kawhi Leonard as the primary defender on the Unicorn. Porzingis will have a significant height advantage in that matchup. The Mavericks star shooting over Leonard could be the key in pulling an upset. Dallas needs a healthy Kristaps Porzingis to have that chance.
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