The Dallas Mavericks have played five straight games without Kristaps Porzingis as he dealt with a back injury. KP suffered the injury on Oct. 26 in the third quarter of a game versus the Houston Rockets, but his return could be on the horizon.
Porzingis practiced on Nov. 5, and Mavericks head coach Jason Kidd was hopeful that he would play against the Boston Celtics on Saturday night. Fans know all about KP’s injury history, so be sure to check Twitter just before tipoff to make sure he is in the lineup.
The Mavs won three of the five games during the Unicorn’s absence, but they were blown out by the Nuggets and Heat. Dallas needs Porzingis in the lineup, but what specifically does he have to do to give the team a chance at making a playoff run?
3 things the Dallas Mavericks need from Kristaps Porzingis
The Mavs traded for KP believing he would be the second star next to Luka Doncic, but he has not filled that role since coming to Dallas. The Unicorn has a unique skill set, but it is not one of a superstar.
Porzingis is not going to be able to create shots for himself. He can post up and get a bucket against a mismatch, but the Mavericks are not going to create effective offense by continuously dumping him the ball in those areas. They were hoping to get some shot creation from the Unicorn in coach Kidd’s system, but it is just not in his skill set.
Instead, his absence has proved that the Dallas Mavericks need Kristaps Porzingis to stay healthy and do these three things if they want to take the next step as a team this season.