Rick Carlisle: No timetable for Kristaps Porzingis’ return after late scratch
Kristaps Porzingis was a surprising late scratch for the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday night, and his immediate availability is uncertain at this point.
Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle indicated after a 106-101 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder that there is no timetable for Porzingis’ return after the superstar was pulled from the lineup due to right knee soreness.
Porzingis indicated that it’s “too soon to say” whether he’ll be available for Thursday’s showdown with the Brooklyn Nets. The Mavericks center added the knee flareup occurred during Sunday’s loss to the Lakers and that he hoped treatment was all that was needed.
KP said this right knee soreness stems from the Lakers game. He didn’t feel it in the moment but felt it the next day. Thought treatment would do the trick but it didn’t. Said it’s too early to say anything about his availability for the next game.— Saad Yousuf (@SaadYousuf126) January 1, 2020
It merits noting that Porzingis’ current issues are not related to the torn ACL he suffered in his left knee in February 2018 that cost him the entire 2018-19 season.
Heading into Tuesday’s tilt, Porzingis had appeared in 31 of 32 games this season, averaging 31.2 minutes, 17.3 points and 9.4 rebounds per outing for the 21-12 Mavericks.