Powell underwent season-ending surgery Monday to repair his ruptured right Achilles' tendon. The Mavericks have provided no timeline for Powell's return to the court, but given the debilitating nature of Achilles' injuries -- particularly for big men -- the 28-year-old is far from a lock to be fully cleared once training camp opens in late September. Since Powell went down with the injury, Kristaps Porzingis has been featured at center more regularly, while Seth Curry, Delon Wright and Justin Jackson have benefited from slight bumps in playing time. Dallas also swung a deal over the weekend to acquire Willie Cauley-Stein from the Warriors, and though he didn't play in Monday's win over the Thunder, he could eventually be tasked with filling some of the minutes at center.
The Mavericks announced Wednesday that Powell suffered a rupture of his right Achilles' tendon during Tuesday's 110-107 loss to the Clippers. Powell sustained the non-contact injury in the first quarter of Tuesday's game, and a subsequent MRI confirmed the Mavericks' fears. The big man is still weighing his surgical options, though the expectation is that he'll miss the remainder of the season. In his absence, Maxi Kleber is a candidate to benefit from increased run, while Boban Marjanovic could also see a slight uptick in playing time.
Coach Rick Carlisle said Powell is scheduled to undergo an MRI on Wednesday after he suffered what the Mavericks fear is a torn right Achilles' tendon in Tuesday's 110-107 loss to the Clippers, Michael C. Wright of ESPN.com reports. Powell sustained the non-contact injury with three minutes remaining in the first quarter, when his right leg gave out as he attempted to push off of it. He appeared to be in significant pain and required assistance off the court, so the Mavericks are likely bracing for the worst news as he undergoes further examination Wednesday. The Mavericks shifted Kristaps Porzingis to center and added J.J. Barea to the top unit coming out of halftime, but regardless of how Dallas configures its starting five sans Powell, Maxi Kleber -- who played 32 minutes Tuesday and finished with eight points, five rebounds, two blocks and one assist -- is expected to get the biggest boost in fantasy value. Boban Marjanovic (12 points, seven rebounds, two blocks and one steal in 16 minutes) may also become more of a fixture in the rotation, though his defensive shortcomings and stamina issues may make it difficult for him to push for more than 20 minutes in any given game.
Powell is expected to have suffered a torn right Achilles tendon, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports. While this isn't an official diagnosis, it would be surprising if a report emerged saying something different. Assuming the Achilles is torn, Powell will miss the remainder of the season, and it's possible he'll miss the early part of the 2020-21 campaign. Maxi Kleber and Boban Marjanovic could see extra minutes as a result.
Powell suffered an Achilles injury during Tuesday's game against the Clippers, Callie Caplan of The Dallas Morning News reports. An official diagnosis has yet to be given, but the obvious fear is that Powell will miss the remainder of the season if the Achilles is torn. More information should emerge in the coming days.
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