Eddie Sefko: Jason Kidd on Kristaps Porzingis (low back stiffness): “He’s doing good. He did some work on the floor and we’ll see how he feels. Hopefully he can go.” Said talk about minutes on b2b will come later. Sterling Brown (left ankle sprain) also questionable for the Spurs’ game.
Marc Stein: The Mavs say Kristaps Porzingis (right knee soreness) will be available to play tonight against New Orleans after missing seven consecutive games.
Tim MacMahon: Kristaps Porzingis will be on a minutes restriction in his return after missing an extended stretch due to right knee soreness, but Rick Carlisle declined to reveal the specific limit.
Dwain Price: Carlisle said Porzingis won't play tomorrow against Memphis, but he's hopeful he can play Wednesday against New Orleans. "The good news is he's feeling better and he's getting close," Carlisle said. Porzingis has missed the last 6 games with soreness in his right knee.
Dallas Mavericks center/power forward Kristaps Porzingis exited Thursday night's 115-105 win over the Detroit Pistons because of soreness in his right knee. Porzingis, who had missed the previous three games because of a sprained left ankle, complained of the knee soreness midway through the third quarter. The visiting Mavericks announced at the beginning of the fourth quarter that he would not return. "We'll hope for the best," Mavs coach Rick Carlisle said, noting that Porzingis seemed to be walking fine after the game. "We'll hope that it's not any kind of a serious issue and go from there."
Tim MacMahon: Mavs C Kristaps Porzingis (left ankle sprain) and SG Josh Richardson (right hamstring tightness) have been upgraded from doubtful to questionable after missing the last three games.
Brad Townsend: Carlisle says of Porzingis' ankle sprain "we don't consider it to be serious," but he added that it wasn't at all a close call when it came to deciding whether he would play today.
Tim MacMahon: Rick Carlisle says Kristaps Porzingis is “uncertain” for Saturday’s game. “He is walking. He’s not in a boot or anything.”
Brad Townsend: Mavericks media notes for tomorrow's game at Houston list these players as questionable: Porzingis (right wrist sprain), Burke (left calf strain), Kleber (lower right leg soreness). Still out are Cauley-Stein, Terry and Redick.
Brad Townsend: Carlisle says Porzingis will not play. Sprained right wrist. "Don't have a timetable. Hope it's not serious. It's something he's been dealing with for a number of weeks."
Brad Townsend: Carlisle says Porzingis is "feeling good" and "will play" against the Nets. Will be his first game since Valentine's night. Have not discussed specific minutes limit but "I don't see him getting into the high 30s."
Brad Townsend: Porzingis says he isn't sure how his back got sore/tight. "I felt pretty good already yesterday, but they wanted me to have a practice before I start playing again. Hopefully I'm ready to go tomorrow."
Noah Levick: For Sixers-Mavs tomorrow, Seth Curry is listed as probable with left ankle soreness. Kristaps Porzingis (lower back tightness) and Maxi Kleber (left ankle sprain) are questionable for Dallas.
Tim MacMahon: Kristaps Porzingis will not play tonight due to his lower back stiffness, per Rick Carlisle.
Dwain Price: Kristaps Porzingis will make his 2020-21 debut tonight at 6 when the Mavs play the Hornets in Charlotte. Porzingis had surgery on Oct. 9 to address a lateral meniscus injury of his right knee.
Brad Townsend: Carlisle says Porzingis will start, "there's a range of minutes," not a hard number. Will depend on how the game goes. "As of this moment we have 12 players who are active for this game due to COVID protocols."
Mark Followill: Positive sign that there are no new additions for the Mavs on the NBA's recently released 12:30 injury report. Richardson, Finney-Smith, Brunson, Kleber and Powell out tonight at Charlotte. Porzingis probable to make season debut. (6p, FSSW).
Mark Followill: Porzingis after his 1st full practice today: "I felt good out there, moving around & feeling the contact. After practice I played some 1-on-1s. I wanna get back into rhythm of playing against contact. The next step is getting right to be able to step on the court & play a game."
Eddie Sefko: Rick Carlisle says sometime in the next two weeks is not unrealistic for a Porzingis return. Won't be Wednesday against Charlotte.
Tim MacMahon: Kristaps Porzingis was "a full go" in the Mavericks' practice today, Rick Carlisle said.
Brad Townsend: Carlise said today that Porzingis continues to progress, today he was cleared for some 5-on-zero work. He's still not going to play until January at soonest, but the plan is for him to accompany the Mavs to Phoenix and L.A. and take part in the at-least one practice on the trip.
Dwain Price: KP: "We were in rhythm and I felt good out there. That’s why it sucks that there was a setback like this. But I feel like it’s just a small, small bump in the road. I’ll bounce back from this in no time and I believe I’ll be able to pick that rhythm up right where I left off." pic.twitter.com/KPOAhuqBEF
Dwain Price: KP had left knee ACL surgery on 2/13/18 and didn't play again until 10/23/19. He also had right knee meniscus tear surgery on 10/9/20. How does the 2 compare? KP: "This is a much easier rehab, I would say, than the ACL one that I went through. I'll be back from this in no time." pic.twitter.com/DE7iZCHjzm
Dwain Price: Porzingis on rebounding from the meniscus tear surgery to his right knee: "The way I was playing (after ACL surgery), I was feeling the best I’ve felt in my career. I think that shows that if I was able to come back from that, then this little thing is nothing compared to it." pic.twitter.com/Psg3qAns05
Dwain Price: Porzingis told me he doesn't have a timetable on when he'll be able to play in a game. "The only thing I know is that I’m recovering well, and that’s the most important thing. We’ll see. I would like to start as soon as possible and I’m doing all the things necessary to do that." pic.twitter.com/tEvhhWjvhC
Dwain Price: Here's what Porzingis just told me about his rehab. "I think I’m pretty close to being able to get some shots up. We’re just taking it easy, we’re taking our time, but I’m pretty much there and I can’t wait to start doing more stuff. But I have to be smart, I have to be patient." pic.twitter.com/UtMVbHSqUD
Tim MacMahon: The Mavs have targeted Jan. 1 as the date that Kristaps Porzingis will be cleared for on-court activity, president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson tells ESPN. Nelson revealed on @1053thefan today that Porzingis (knee surgery) will be sidelined to start the season.
Mavericks star Kristaps Porzingis will not be ready when the NBA season resumes on Dec. 22, GM and President of Basketball Operations Donnie Nelson said Monday on 105.3 The Fan.
Marc Stein: The Mavericks' Kristaps Porzingis has undegone surgery to repair a meniscus tear in his right knee, according to the team
Sources have told ESPN that the Mavs are optimistic that Porzingis will be able to participate in training camp, which will begin at an undetermined date due to the uncertainty of next season's NBA schedule due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Porzingis suffered the injury during the Mavs' Game 1 loss to the LA Clippers. He played in the next two games of the series before the stiffness and soreness in the knee forced him to be sidelined the remainder of the first-round series.
T.O. Souryal, the Mavericks' former longtime team doctor, isn’t ready to decry the 25-year-old Porzingis' durability, longevity or potential. Instead, Porzingis' latest setback might be a product of the evolution of the center position and his touch-heavy, versatile fit in the Mavericks' scheme. “Anytime you have a star player with multiple injuries, especially to both knees, it’s a little troubling,” Souryal said. “But he seems to have come back from his ACL stronger than ever, so that injury’s behind us now. Each one of these injuries should be taken on its own merit.”
The play of centers more often looks like that of guards, so it’s no coincidence, Souryal said, that their list of injuries — such as ankle sprains and knee ligament tears — can, too. “[Porzingis] plays more similar to a Luka than the traditional center, [who were] not so agile, not very quick, not very fast,” Souryal said. “Physics really comes into play now. You know, the velocity of the movement, it does make you susceptible to injury, and it’s not so much Kristaps. It’s anyone who moves that fast, plants that quick, jumps that rapidly.”
With surgery possible after the repair of the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, Porzingis will face questions about his durability until the 7-foot-3 Latvian proves otherwise. "I can't really be too worried about that," he said. "Both of them were contact injuries. What I can do is just focus on the work that I can put it to make sure that I decrease the possibility of that happening. That means strengthening everything and trying to do all the preventative work I can. That's in my hands. I can't be too frustrated over these type of things."
Tim MacMahon: The Mavs are leaving the door open to Kristaps Porzingis potentially returning in the playoffs if they're able to pull off a major upset over the Clippers. Porzingis' treatment plan at this point includes PRP injections.
Chris Mannix: Porzingis says he hurt his knee in Game 1 of this series. Played through it in Game 2. Pain was unbearable in Game 3. Says if the Mavericks advance, he is hoping the knee is well enough to play. No plans to leave the bubble.
Andrew Greif: Dallas' Rick Carlisle says Kristaps Porzingis "desperately wants to play" in Game 6 but the coach added he isn't optimistic. "He doesn't want to close the door on playing but I'm just not optimistic watching how this is going. We won't know for sure until tomorrow."
Callie Caplan: Per TNT's broadcast, Kristaps Porzingis thinks his right knee soreness developed because of a "contact situation" in Game 1 before he was ejected.
Marc Stein: Dallas' Kristaps Porzingis (knee) has been listed as OUT for tonight's Game 5 against the Clippers
JD Shaw: Kristaps Porzingis will miss today’s game against the Clippers due to right knee soreness, the Mavericks announce.
Brad Townsend: Porzingis speaks about his broken nose. Yes, I’m the guy who joningly asked if he was worried about his good looks. Actually, his nose looks crooked now.
Tim MacMahon: Rick Carlisle: “Porzingis is scheduled to play. He’s looking forward to playing.” He says Porzingis will play in shorter stints than normal.
November 29, 2021 | 4:29 am EST Update
As Wes Unseld Jr. typically does after victories, he checked in with each player in the locker room. Often Unseld merely bumps fists with a player at that player’s locker, pats him on the back or says something along the lines of “good job.” But after the Wizards beat the Dallas Mavericks 120-114, with Bradley Beal playing a decisive role, Unseld had a specific message for his star.
Unseld wanted Beal to know Beal outdid himself this time — putting the team first by consistently making the “right” basketball play instead of trying to win the game all on his own. The scene illustrated the difficult adjustment Beal is trying to make, and it also showed how much Unseld appreciates his star’s efforts to make that adjustment.
“It’s a total mental transition from last year,” Beal said. “My mentality, obviously, was I had to score in order for us to be in games last year. For us to be in a game, not win a game. But to actually be competitive in a game, I had to score a lot of points. It’s not like that this year, and I have to take that mindset back at times.”
With reports that Jokic’s brothers are going to the Monday match after buying tickets, Heat veteran Udonis Haslem recently issued a stern warning to them. “I have nothing to do with that, man,” Haslem said to the Miami Herald. “We’re going to play a basketball game. “That’s over with. I don’t have nothing to do with that. I keep hearing about the Jokic brothers buying tickets to come to the game. They better stay in line and don’t come down there and start trouble. Miami is my city. It’s my city.”
Haslem has already expressed his respect for Jokic and a desire to move on from the issue. He reiterated that the Heat will go to play basketball, and that Jokic’s siblings should just enjoy the game and go home afterwards if they do intend to attend. “What the hell you buying tickets for?” Haslem continued. “To come do what? That’s my city. Don’t start nothing, won’t be nothing. Come enjoy the game and take your [butts] home. Ain’t nobody messing with your brother. We come to play basketball.”
Curry also seemed fired up to show he can excel on defense, too. After fielding criticism about his defense for most of his 13-year NBA career, Curry impressed the Warriors so much with his six steals, eight deflections and overall hustle that they acknowledged viewing him more as a defensive asset than a liability. “He’s one of the best defenders we have on our team now,” said Warriors forward Draymond Green, who is an early candidate to collect his second Defensive Player of the Year honor this season. “It’s beautiful to watch. When he’s giving the type of effort that he gives on that side of the floor, everyone else has to follow. It makes our defense that much better.”