The Dallas Mavericks were played off the floor by the Cleveland Cavaliers on Nov. 29. Luka Doncic securing his second triple-double of the season was the lone bright spot, and matters went from bad to worse when Kristaps Porzingis suffered an ankle injury in the third quarter.
The Unicorn stepped on Maxi Kleber’s foot and rolled his ankle. He had X-rays on Monday night that came back negative, and coach Kidd said after the game the team would monitor his injury daily moving forward.
The Mavs did not practice on Tuesday and head coach Jason Kidd said there would be no injury updates. KP was listed as questionable for Wednesday’s game in New Orleans against the Pelicans on the NBA's official injury report. Here is the latest on his injury, and a look at who needs to step up if the Unicorn is ruled out.
Kristaps Porzingis (ankle) questionable vs. Pelicans
KP traveled with the team to New Orleans, and it was positive that he was not ruled out a full day before tipoff. The Unicorn has a chance to play on Wednesday night, and fans should be on the lookout for updates as they become available.
Porzingis missed five games this season with a back injury. The Mavericks won three of those contests by relying heavily on single big man lineups. They need Jalen Brunson and Tim Hardaway Jr. to step up their scoring if KP has to miss the game on Dec. 1 in New Orleans. Maxi Kleber is a critical piece on the defensive end of the floor because he is the team’s lone rim protector without the Unicorn.
The Pelicans are going to sell out to stop superstar Luka Doncic on Wednesday night. The 22-year-old has drawn more attention than any player in the league this season. Can the rest of the roster step up and help Dallas defeat the Pelicans? The Mavericks face them two straight games as they look to get back on track after losing five of their last six contests.
Having Kristaps Porzingis would be massive on Wednesday night, but he is questionable to face the Pelicans. Stay tuned for updates on his status, and do not miss Wednesday's game because it could be another history-making night for Luka Doncic,