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Kristaps Porzingis ruled out for game 5

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The starting center will again be watching from the sidelines.

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The Dallas Mavericks will again be forced to play a playoff game without their starting center. Porzingis did not play in Game 4 due to knee soreness despite warming up and even being named a starter. As Marc Stein first reported, Porzingis will again be on the sidelines and not join his team on the court.

The knee injury for Porzingis has truly been a mystery all season long. Right knee soreness forced him to miss a 10 game stretch in early January. He also has not played a back-to-back since the soreness appeared. The NBA sent out a memo last week to teams telling them not to list soreness on the injury report, and to use specific body parts. But here we are, with Porzingis out again, and simply just “knee” listed on the injury report.

SB Nation contributor Dr. Rajpal Brar chimed in with what the issue with Porzingis could be. The doctor speculated that the seven-footer could be overcompensating for his left knee, which is the leg he suffered a torn ACL on in 2018.

It will important to follow Porzingis’s status through the remainder of the playoffs and even during the off-season.