With just three games left in the 2021-22 season, the Mavericks are already dealing with the injury of one of their biggest players.
Dallas big man Kristaps Porzingis is dealing with a back problem, and while it may not be a long-term problem, it’s yet another injury to add to the list. He has played in 103 of the 150 possible games in the last two regular seasons due to a variety of health problems.
What’s the status of Porzingis heading into the next Dallas game? Here are the latest updates on the 26-year-old.
Will Kristaps Porzingis play tonight?
Porzingis appears on the Mavericks’ official injury report with what the team is calling “tension in the lower back“He dropped Dallas’s 116-106 win over Houston on Tuesday night after playing just 20 minutes. He finished with nine points and three rebounds.
Before Porzingis was ruled out, Mavericks coach Jason Kidd told reporters that the team will take care of Porzingis’ injury “one day at a time.”
“This will be our first back-to-back, so hopefully [Thursday] in the afternoon we will have a plan of what we will do, “Kidd said Wednesday (via The Dallas Morning News). “But first, we just want to see how he feels and we hope he can go.”
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Kristaps Porzingis’ early struggles under Jason Kidd
Before suffering the back injury, Porzingis had been struggling to regain his scoring touch from last season. Over three games, he is averaging 12.7 points on 30.2 / 23.5 / 72.7 split shots (field goals / 3s / free throws). In 2020-21, Porzingis scored 20.1 points per game while shooting 47.6 / 37.6 / 85.5.
On Dallas media day, Kidd noticed that Luka Doncic had to lean on his teammates more often, especially Porzingis. Kidd wanted Porzingis to be more than just a shooter and stated that he would not be “limited to shooting 3s or crashing from the corner.”
Unfortunately for the Mavericks, Porzingis has been ineffective in multiple areas. Among players who have recorded at least two post-ups per game, Porzingis is tied for last place in points per possession (0.50), according to NBA.com statistics. He is too shoot below 40 percent in his mid-range attempts.
It’s still very early in the season, of course, but Dallas will need Porzingis to be much more productive offensively if it wants to be taken seriously as a contender in the Western Conference.
Spurs vs. Mavericks injury report
(Current at 4:30 pm ET Thursday)
|Mavericks||Sterling brown||Out of||Left ankle; sprain|
|Mavericks||Trey burke||Out of||Health and safety protocols|
|Mavericks||Boban marjanovic||Questionable||Lower back; oppression|
|Mavericks||Kristaps Porzingis||Out of||Lower back; oppression|
|Spurs||Devontae cacok||Out of||G League – bidirectional|
|Spurs||Zach collins||Out of||Left ankle; stress fracture|
|Spurs||Doug mcdermott||Out of||Right knee; inflammation|
|Spurs||Joshua Primo||Out of||G League – on assignment|
|Spurs||Joe Wieskamp||Out of||G League – bidirectional|
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.