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Mavericks: How will they adjust if Kristaps Porzingis is out?

Dallas Mavericks, Kristaps Porzingis
Dallas Mavericks, Kristaps Porzingis / Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
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The Dallas Mavericks used all 15 players to defeat the Houston Rockets in the team’s home opener. It was their second straight win, but it was not all sunshine for the Mavs on Tuesday night.

Kristaps Porzingis tweaked his back in the third quarter and did not return. The star big man had an off night finishing just two of ten from the field in his 20 minutes of action, but KP did have nine points and three boards against the Rockets.

The Unicorn had his first healthy offseason in Dallas this summer and was looking much improved over last year. His lateral mobility and rim protection had returned, but now Porzingis is questionable with this back injury as the Mavericks are facing a difficult back-to-back. What will Dallas do if KP has to miss time?

How will the Dallas Mavericks adjust if Kristaps Porzingis is out?

In the fourth quarter against the Rockets, new head coach Jason Kidd used Boban Marjanovic and Dwight Powell as the team’s centers with Kristaps Porzingis out of the lineup. The Mavs primarily went small with four guards/wings on the floor. Maxi Kleber played just under two minutes, and he was the only other big man to play in the final period as Dallas closed out Houston.

The Mavericks face the San Antonio Spurs at home on Thursday night before traveling to Denver for the second night of a back-to-back. It seems like Kristaps Porzingis will miss at least one of those games with his back issue, despite him being listed as questionable heading into Thursday’s contest. How will the Dallas Mavericks adjust if KP sits?

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