On Friday, Mavericks PR released a statement disclosing that Kristaps Porzingis had suffered a lateral meniscus tear in his right knee. The Mavericks state that “further treatment options” are currently being evaluated to continue Porzingis’s recovery, meaning that surgery is indeed a possibility if the team deems necessary.
The Dallas Mavericks issued the following statement today regarding Kristaps Porzingis. pic.twitter.com/YFNGgWf8dH— Mavs PR (@MavsPR) August 28, 2020
Porzingis had missed games 4 and 5 of the series with “right knee soreness” as the sidelining issue. Porzingis has also suffered a torn ACL in his left knee that caused him to miss the entirety of the 2018-19 season.
The Mavericks will now be without their starting center for the remainder of their series with the Clippers. A suggested recovery time for a torn meniscus for a basketball player is over three months. Any kind of surgery would likely extend that time frame and keep Porzingis sidelined longer.
At this point it is unclear if Porzingis will stay in the bubble or return to Dallas to begin his rehabilitation.
The Mavericks will play the Clippers on Sunday at 2:30 PM CT in game 6 of the series.