NBA Rumor: Kristaps Porzingis Injury

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After missing two games with a knee contusion, Porzingis is probable to return — the most positive outlook of the four Mavericks listed on the latest injury report. After practice Monday, Porzingis offered insight to why he doesn’t expect the contusion to be a lingering problem. “I knew it wasn’t anything,” Porzingis said. “I kept playing, I felt OK. … But then I went to sleep that night and woke up in the middle of the night, and my knee was, like, pulsing, like, swollen and hurting like crazy.”

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Porzingis, 26, is likely to be listed as questionable but has a full day to heal up ahead of the trip to New Orleans. His NBA career featuring multiple injuries, mainly knee issues, can prompt the medical staff to be cautious before clearing him. He has previously missed five games due to lower back tightness earlier in the 2021-22 NBA Regular Season. Over the remaining 14 fixtures, he registered 19.6 points, 7.9 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 1.6 blocks, and 0.9 steals per contest.

Rick Carlisle on Kristaps Porzingis: 'We'll hope for the best'

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.”

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.”
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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.”
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Damian Lillard undergoes cortisone injection procedure

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Ja Morant enters NBA health and safety protocols

Ja Morant’s return to the Memphis Grizzlies could be delayed further as the star guard entered the NBA’s health and safety protocols on Wednesday, the team announced. Morant was not present at shootaround this morning. He’s still recovering from a sprained knee and per coach Taylor Jenkins’ timeline of a “couple of weeks”, he wasn’t expected to return for the Grizzlies’ three remaining games this week.