Porzingis had four points (1-11 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 1-1 FT), five rebounds, one assist and one block in 20 minutes during Monday's 116-106 loss to the Celtics.
Porzingis was awful offensively. Moreover, he found himself in foul trouble in his first tilt back from a one-game absence for rest. He has been up and down through nine appearances, pouring in at least 23 points four times but also scoring 10 or less three times. Since Porzingis spends a lot of time spacing the floor from beyond the arc as a stretch power forward in pick-and-pop situations with Luka Doncic, it's not surprising that his field goal percentage leaves a lot to be desired. However, apart from that and a lack of assists and steals it has been a solid start to the season, especially considering he missed all of 2018-19 due to injury. Thursday's road matchup against the Knicks will likely be an emotional night, and he'll look to get back on track in that one.
Porzingis (rest) doesn't appear on the Mavericks' injury report for Monday's game against the Celtics.
Considering Porzingis' absence in the Mavericks' last game Saturday against the Grizzlies was attributed to rest, it's not surprising that he'll be available two days later. Porzingis may continue to see occasional rest days in back-to-back sets for precautionary purposes this season, but he shouldn't be subject to any minutes restriction when he does play.
Porzingis will be held out of Saturday's game against the Grizzlies for rest purposes, Brad Townsend of The Dallas Morning News reports.
Though he's officially listed as out due to "injury recovery, left knee", Porzingis is simply taking the second end of a back-to-back off. It's unclear who'll replace him in the starting five, but Dorian Finney-Smith, Maxi Kleber and Justin Jackson are the primary candidates.
Porzingis had 10 points (4-14 FG, 1-5 3PT, 1-2 FT), eight rebounds and one assist during Dallas' 107-106 win over Orlando on Wednesday night.
Porzingis is firmly settled as Dallas' second scoring option behind Luka Doncic, but his shooting struggles could be a cause for concern moving forward. He still produces enough to be a more-than-valuable fantasy asset, but right now he is quite far from the kind of production he had with the Knicks before his gruesome injury. He will try to bounce back Friday at home against his former team.
Porzingis had 18 points (7-14 FG, 4-6 3Pt), nine rebounds, six blocks, and one assist in 31 minutes during Sunday's 131-111 victory over the Cavaliers.
Porzingis took a back-seat to the Luka Doncic show once again but still managed to put up strong numbers of his own. He fell just one rebound short of a double-double while also blocking an impressive six shots. Porzingis has looked terrific across the first two weeks of the season and is currently putting up top-25 numbers. This is coming while shooting just 43 percent from the field and 69 percent from the line. If he can increase his efficiency, the top-20 seems very realistic.
Porzingis churned out 10 points (4-14FG, 1-8 3Pt, 1-1FT), 14 rebounds, three assists, and two blocks in 33 minutes of a 109-106 win against the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday.
Porzingis was especially cold from outside, but he still managed to produce his first double-double in a Dallas jersey in the win. While Porzingis didn't take over the scoring, he was bailed out by a balanced effort as nine members of the Mavericks scored in double-digits in the contest. Dallas hosts the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday.
Porzingis produced 32 points (11-23 FG, 3-10 3Pt, 7-10 FT), nine rebounds, five assists, and two blocks in 35 minutes during Sunday's 121-119 loss to Portland.
Porzingis put in another strong performance Sunday, continuing to impress as he works his way back from injury. There has been nothing to indicate his knee is bothering him at all. He has nice chemistry with Luka Doncic and the Mavericks fans have to be thrilled with what they have seen thus far. There is still a chance he misses games moving forward as they manage his return but the load management seems minimal at the moment.
Porzingis had 24 points (8-17 FG, 3-5 3PT, 5-8 FT), four rebounds, three assists and five blocks during Dallas' 123-116 win over New Orleans this Friday.
Porzingis looked extremely efficient once again and he is making 45.5 percent of his shots while hitting 50.0 percent of his long-range attempts after two games. His five blocks were a nice addition to the stat line, but Porzingis' value will remain tied to his offensive contributions going forward. Dallas will play against Portland this Sunday.
Porzingis amassed 23 points (7-16 FG, 3-7 3Pt, 6-7 FT), four rebounds, two assists, a steal and a block in 29 minutes during Wednesday's win over Washington.
Although Porzingis started slow, he picked up steam as the game went on, ultimately sealing the contest with a thundering dunk in the final minutes Wednesday. The Latvian forward has left little doubt that he's fully recovered from the torn ACL that kept him out for the entirety fo the 2018-19 season, though there's a chance the Mavericks give Porzingis regular rest due to his extensive injury history.
Porzingis furnished 18 points (6-9 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 5-6 FT), 13 rebounds, one assist and one block across 23 minutes during the Mavericks' 102-87 preseason win over the Clippers on Thursday.
Porzingis drew co-led both teams in scoring and rebounding in another strong exhibition effort. The big man has left little doubt that he's sufficiently recovered from his torn ACL with a trio of impressive performances this preseason, cementing his draft stock across all formats in the process.
Porzingis provided 17 points (7-21 FG, 3-9 3Pt), 13 rebounds, and one block in 26 minutes during Monday's 107-70 win over the Thunder.
Porzingis had an off night from the field and committed three turnovers versus zero assists. However, he has been anything but shy here in the preseason, so at least he's doing his part to get rid of the cobwebs. Along with Luka Doncic, Porzingis will be asked to carry a massive load offensively for a Mavericks team hoping to compete for a playoff spot in 2019-20.
Porzingis finished with 18 points (7-18 FG, 2-7 3Pt, 2-2 FT), seven rebounds, two assists, and one steal in 19 minutes during Wednesday's 124-117 preseason loss to Detroit.
Porzingis made his long-awaited return to the court after missing the previous 20 months with a knee injury. He had some obvious rust but was still able to contribute 18 points in just 19 minutes. He was just 7-of-18 from the field although efficiency has never really been his strong suit. The Mavericks are going to manage him, especially early in the season, which does make him somewhat of a risky pick in the early rounds.
Porzingas won't play Tuesday against Oklahoma City but will make his preseason debut Wednesday in Detroit, Callie Caplan of The Dallas Morning News reports.
Porzingas will be held out of Tuesday's exhibition for rest before taking the floor for Wednesday's clash. The Mavericks figure to limit his minutes in the early going considering he was sidelined for the entire 2019 campaign due to a torn ACL.
Porzingis doesn't have a firm load management schedule, but coach Rick Carlisle implied Tuesday that the big man could sit out some back-to-back sets, Tim Cato of The Athletic reports. "It's conceivable that (not playing in) back-to-backs are something we look at early in the season," Carlisle said. "I don't know if anything has been officially determined."
The Mavericks are yet to publicly divulge their plans for Porzingis, but the feeling is that they'll err on the side of caution, according to Cato, who reports that he's been told Porzingis could miss as many as "15 or 20 games." That seems like it would be on the high end, but the Mavs will certainly be careful with the 7-3 Porzingis, who missed all of last season while working back from a torn ACL.
Porzingis said at Monday's media day that he won't face any limitations entering camp, Tim MacMahon of ESPN reports. "I feel great physically," Porzgingis said. "I feel 100 percent. I feel probably better than I ever have in my life."
Considering Porzingis hasn't played in an NBA game in nearly 20 months, this is exactly what Mavericks fans and fantasy owners alike are hoping to hear. Porzingis has technically been cleared for full activities for several months -- he could've returned for the final few weeks of last season -- but both he and the Mavs agreed that taking a more cautious approach to his recovery makes the most sense. "It's been a long time since I've been out, but I've been putting in work throughout this rehab process," Porzingis said. "I'm extremely excited to be back on the court and to remind everybody what I'm capable of doing." While the 7-3 big man won't have any limitations in camp, coach Rick Carlisle hinted that the Mavs may be cautious with Porzingis when the regular season rolls around. "If I had a gun to my head, I would say that there's a good chance that we will be very careful on back-to-backs, particularly to start the year," Carlisle said. "But I don't know for sure. I don't know how he's going to be feeling at that point. He may be insisting on playing, but I do believe in his case and in the case of any player like that, the Mavericks or whatever team is going to err on the side of caution."
Porzingis (knee) has been scrimmaging at full strength with teammates, the Dallas Morning News reports.
While we're yet to see extensive video of Porzingis working out, several members of the Mavericks recently convened in Miami for workouts, and the play of the 7-3 Latvian drew rave reviews. "He's very good," Dwight Powell said. "He's very, very good, I'm excited, very excited." Powell added: "He's 7-foot-3 and he shoots it from anywhere, with ease. It's kind of hard to affect that shot. He's moving well, he's at full-strength." Given that it's been more than a year-and-a-half since Porzingis has played in an NBA game, he's been at full strength for some time now, but it's nonetheless encouraging to hear the rave reviews from teammates. All indications are that Porzingis will be ready to hit the ground running for the new-look Mavs when the season opens next month.
Porzingis and the Mavericks agreed Sunday on a new five-year, $158 million contract, Mark Stein of The New York Times reports.
There have been reports the Mavericks were looking to lock Porzingis up long term, so this news is relatively unsurprising. He and Luka Doncic will now look to form a rapport on the court, as they will be Dallas' centerpieces for years to come. The 23-year-old big man has not played since tearing his ACL in February of 2017. He was averaging 22.7 points, 6.6 rebounds, and 2.4 blocks per game prior to the injury.
Porzingis (knee) is expected to be offered a full five-year, $158 million maximum contract, Shams Charania of Stadium reports.
It appears the Mavericks aren't interested in even entertaining the idea of Porzingis signing an offer sheet elsewhere after trading for him at last year's deadline. Prior to suffering a torn ACL, he was averaging 22.7 points, 6.6 rebounds, 2.4 blocks and 1.2 assists per game. If Porzingis finalizes the deal with Dallas, he and Luka Doncic will be forming one of the most exciting young duos in the league.
Coach Rick Carlisle said Friday that he expects Porzingis (knee) to be available for the start of the Mavericks' training camp in the fall, Dwain Price of the Mavericks' official site reports.
Porzingis hasn't played in a competitive game since tearing the ACL in his left knee Feb. 6, 2018 while he was a member of the Knicks. While there was some thought that Porzingis would be ready to make a late-season return in 2018-19, the Mavericks ultimately kept him under wraps after acquiring him from the Knicks on Jan. 31. Porzingis was at least able to go through some light practices toward the end of the season and took part in a Basketball Without Borders camp in Latvia over the weekend, suggesting he's endured no snags in his recovery from knee surgery. The 7-foot-3 big man is slated to become a restricted free agent July 1, but the Mavericks are prepared to match any offer sheet Porzingis might receive when he hits the market.
Porzingis is being investigated in New York for an alleged rape that a woman told police took place last year, ESPN reports. Porzingis has yet to play since tearing the ACL in his left knee in February, 2018.
Porzingis denied the allegation through a statement from his lawyer. The NBA has been alerted about the investigation and the Mavericks said they could not comment due to instructions from authorities, the report adds.
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