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Dallas Mavericks’ Kristaps Porzingis (knee) out Saturday vs. Washington Wizards

Dallas Mavericks star Kristaps Porzingis
Apr 18, 2021; Dallas, Texas, USA; Dallas Mavericks center Kristaps Porzingis (6) in action during the game between the Dallas Mavericks and the Sacramento Kings at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Dallas Mavericks center/forward Kristaps Porzingis is out for Saturday’s home game against the Washington Wizards with a right knee injury, according to the Dallas Morning News.

Porzingis left Thursday night’s 115-105 win over the Detroit Pistons due to soreness in his right knee.

The 7-foot-3 veteran is no stranger to knee injuries. He had surgery in October to repair the lateral meniscus injury in his right knee that he suffered during the playoffs. That setback forced him to miss the last three games of Dallas’ first-round loss to the Los Angeles Clippers.

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In February of 2018, in what turned out to be his final game for the New York Knicks, Porzingis tore the ACL in his left knee. That injury forced him to miss all of the 2018-19 season.

Porzingis, 25, has played only 40 games this season due to various ailments. He leads the Mavericks in rebounds (9.2) and blocks (1.6) and his 20.2 points per game are second to Luka Doncic’s 28.6.

Porzingis was the No. 4 overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft. In 283 games with the Knicks and Mavericks, the 2018 All-Star has averaged 18.7 points and 7.8 rebounds on 44 percent shooting from the field, including 35.8 percent from beyond the arc.

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Maxi Kleber, Dwight Powell and Willie Cauley-Stein could see more minutes in Porzingis’ absence.

The Mavericks (35-27), who are sixth in the Western Conference, cap their two-game homestand Sunday night against the Sacramento Kings.

–Field Level Media