Mavericks’ Porziņģis to miss time during the 2020-21 season following surgery

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Dallas Mavericks power forward Kristaps Porziņģis has had knee surgery. He had an operation to repair his meniscus in his right knee.

Porziņģis has begun his rehabilitation process after the procedure. There is no timetable on a return date due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Dallas Mavericks power forward Kristaps Porziņģis battles Los Angeles Clippers center Ivica Zubac for the ball in the 2020 NBA Playoffs
Kristaps Porziņģis battles Los Angeles Clippers center Ivica Zubac for the ball in the 2020 NBA Playoffs (Photo by the Associated Press/Ashley Landis)

During his operation, he had platelet-rich plasma injections into his knee. The Mavericks hope that these injections will help the big man to return back to health.

He injured his knee during Game 1 of the 2020 playoffs against the Los Angeles Clippers. Porziņģis played through the injury for two games, then missed the rest of the series.

Porziņģis returned this season after there was some talk that he may not play and miss some time of the 2019-20 season.

That was the speculation after he suffering a torn ACL with the New York Knicks in 2017-18. The Mavericks did not rush him back after having the injury.

Despite a torn ACL, the Knicks traded Porziņģis to the Mavericks.

It would not be surprising if the Mavericks take a ‘wait and see’ approach with the big man for this injury, as well.

This season, Porziņģis averaged 20.4 points per game in 57 starts this season. He also averaged 9.5 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 0.7 steals, and 2.0 blocks in 31.8 minutes in the 57 games.

With Porziņģis out due to an injury, like they’ve done during the playoffs, the Mavericks will lean on the face of the franchise, Luka Dončić.

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