Kristaps Porzingis returned to a full practice routine Monday, but unfortunately was held out of Tuesday’s game against the Golden State Warriors due to illness.
After missing the Dallas Mavericks’ last eight games because of right knee soreness, Porzingis said after the team’s 124-97 win that he will “hopefully” return to action Wednesday night against the Sacramento Kings.
Despite Porzingis’ confidence about his impending return, Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle will have the final word on his availability for Wednesday’s game.
Sources say Porzingis received a platelet-rich-plasma (PRP) injection last week to help treat his right knee soreness, and it appears to have done the trick as the star eases himself back into playing shape after a two-week-plus layoff.
It’s important to note that Porzingis’ current issues are not related to the torn ACL he suffered in his left knee in February 2018 that cost him the entire 2018-19 season. That said, the fact that the 7-foot-3 big man is again battling a knee issue has to be a source of some concern for the Mavericks.
Porzingis has been a productive presence when he’s been in the lineup, however, averaging 17.4 points, a career-high 9.4 rebounds and 2.1 blocks.
The Mavericks have managed to tread water during Porzingis’ absence, going 4-4. Suffice to say, the Mavs (25-15) need him healthy and on the court if the team hopes to make some noise in the Western Conference.
“We miss him; that’s obvious,” Carlisle said this week, via The Dallas Morning News. “I don’t like getting into the excuse game [about] missing any player, really, because you have a deep roster to make up for that. As a team you’ve just got to find a way to win some games.
“But we are where we are.”