The Dallas Mavericks are dealing with a COVID outbreak that has left them playing shorthanded. Seven players, including superstar Luka Doncic, and three coaches have entered the health and safety protocols since Dec. 19. Add in the injuries and the Mavericks have been forced to sign six replacement players and use them in the rotation. As a result, Dallas has lost four of their last five and slipped to 15-17 on the season.
Kristaps Porzingis returned for the team’s Christmas day clash against the Utah Jazz after missing two straight games with toe soreness. The Unicorn did not miss a beat as he finished with 27 points, nine rebounds, two assists, one steal, and two blocks in 34 minutes of action.
The Jazz picked up the 120-116 victory, but KP kept the Mavs in the game with just five regular rotation players available. Porzingis once again proved why he is the team’s most important player in the process, and here is a closer look at why.
Kristaps Porzingis proves why he is Dallas Mavericks most important player
Nobody expected Dallas to win on Christmas day in Utah against one of the best teams in the Western Conference as the shorthanded Mavs were massive underdogs against the full-strength Jazz. KP returning boosted the team’s spirits, and he made a gigantic impact on the court.
Porzingis earned his Unicorn nickname for his ability to do things that most 7’3 big men cannot, and that was on full display on Saturday night. Fans know Luka Doncic is going to put on a show in the playoffs, but here is a look at why Kristaps Porzingis is the Dallas Mavericks’ most important player.