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Kyrie Irving leaves Portland game with right foot injury after Powell falls on him

The Mavericks’ star guard left the game against the Blazers with 3:51 left in the second quarter after Dwight Powell fell on his leg in the aftermath of a foul under the basket.

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Dallas Mavericks point guard Kyrie Irving (11) is checked by a staff member during the first half against the Portland Trail Blazers at Moda Center.
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Kyrie Irving left Friday’s game between the Mavericks and the Portland Trail Blazers after sustaining a right foot injury late in the second quarter.

The Mavs’ PR team announced late in the third that Irving would not return to the game at Portland’s Moda Center.

Irving was hurt on a drive to the basket with just under four minutes left to play before halftime. He was fouled and ended up on his rear end under the basket.

In the aftermath of the play, Mavs’ backup center Dwight Powell crashed in trying to poke the ball out for a rebound when the ref’s whistle was blown.

As Powell’s momentum carried him into Portland center Duop Reath, Powell tumbled over Reath and landed with the full force of his body weight onto Irving’s right leg and ankle.

Irving missed two games earlier this year with a left foot sprain.

Irving limped to the free-throw line and nailed two free throws to give the Mavs a 56-46 lead after being examined by Mavs trainers, then limped to the locker room. He had 11 points in the first half and was aggressive in getting into the lane before he went down with the injury.

Dallas coach Jason Kidd didn’t offer any additional details on the injury during postgame interviews.

“It’s just a right foot injury,” Kidd said. “That’s all I can tell you. We’ll know more tomorrow.”

Here’s hoping this one isn’t quite as serious as it looked in real-time.