The Dallas Mavericks play their final game of the regular season on Sunday night, and center Dwight Powell has a chance to do something special. If he takes the floor, he will become the fifth Maverick in the last 15 years to appear in every contest. No small feat considering Powell tore his Achilles in Jan. 2020.
Powell is not just playing, but he performing above his pre-injury level. Over the last 22 games, DP averaged 12.3 points and 6.2 rebounds in 25.4 minutes per game, while shooting 70.1 percent from the field. He is playing his best basketball and has been a key reason why the Mavs secured homecourt in the first round of the playoffs for the first time since 2011.
Brooklyn Nets superstar Kevin Durant took notice, and he took to Twitter to give Powell some props. Here is a look at their exchange, and why KD appears to be enjoying watching the Mavericks.
Kevin Durant shows Dwight Powell and the Dallas Mavericks love
Durant suffered an Achilles injury of his own in the 2019 NBA Playoffs, so he knows the grind of returning from the devastating injury. The 12-time All-Star gave props to Powell, and the Mavericks center returned the love on Twitter. See their Tweets below.
Durant was also discussing Luka Doncic’s no-call that resulted in a technical foul on Friday night. The technical was Doncic’s 16th of the season, which results in a one-game suspension, but the league rescinded it on Saturday afternoon. Luka will play in the team's regular season finale on April 10 against the Spurs.
KD is clearly enjoying watching the Dallas Mavericks, which should come as no surprise to fans. He often gives props to Dirk Nowitzki, and Durant is a student of the game. He loves watching basketball, and the Mavs have been one of the best teams in the NBA since the calendar flipped to 2022.
Kevin Durant is locked in with the Nets, but it was awesome to see him show Dwight Powell and the Dallas Mavericks some love. The best is still yet to come from the Mavs, and fans can check back to The Smoking Cuban for news, rumors, and analysis on the team.