Kristaps Porzingis‘ situation for Game 2 is uncertain. The Dallas Mavericks’ big man appeared on the injury report early Wednesday morning. He’s listed as dealing with right knee soreness.
This is the second time in as many games that Porzingis appeared on the Mavericks’ injury report because of this issue. Earlier on he was dealing with a bruised heel during the seeding games, but this is a completely different and more daunting injury.
Luckily, the issue is not his left knee, which is the same leg that kept him sidelined an entire season with a torn ACL. Unfortunately, it is the same leg and injury that caused Porzingis to miss a 10-game stretch earlier in the season, as ESPN’s Tim MacMahon pointed out.
I’m told that Kristaps Porzingis is dealing with irritation in his right knee but hopes to play tonight. That is not the knee with the repaired ACL, but Porzingis missed 10 games in the middle of this season due to right knee soreness. https://t.co/VJ2NxCBNtu— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) August 19, 2020
Porzingis hasn’t played in a back-to-back since that injury surfaced. It’s unclear at this time what is causing a resurgence of the soreness. It is reported that he is hoping he will be able to play today, but we will keep you updated here if anything changes.
Even without Porzingis for the majority of the second half of Game 1, the Mavericks only lost by eight points. They will be hoping he’s not only active but effective in Game 2 to give Dallas their best shot at a victory.
The Mavericks must submit their final injury report by 4:30 p.m. CDT today. Head coach Rick Carlisle will undoubtedly update the media on Porzingis’ status during his pregame presser at 6:30 p.m. CDT.
Only a serious injury will keep him from playing.
UPDATE 2:36 p.m. CDT: The Athletic’s Shams Charania reports that Porzingis has been upgraded to probable for tonight’s game, which is frankly not surprising.