Kristaps Porzingis Ruled Out For First Back-To-Back Against Grizzlies

Matt Galatzan
November 09, 2019 - 12:24 pm
Kristaps Porzingis

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DALLAS (105.3 The Fan) - Kristaps Porzingis will miss his first regular-season game of the season when the Mavs travel to Memphis for their first back-to-back of the season on Saturday night, the team announced.

While the reason for the 'Out' designation is listed in the team's game notes for their upcoming matchup with the Grizzlies as 'injury recovery, left knee', this is simply a case of load management by the Mavericks training staff, head coach Rick Carlisle, and Porzinigis himself. 

Porzingis was coming off of a well-publicized absence of nearly two years before taking the floor for the Mavericks this preseason and, with the help of the training staff, has had a precautionary plan in place to limit the stress on his lower extremities until he fully returns to basketball shape over the course of the season. 

The Mavericks, who are coming off of a bad loss to Porzingis' former team, the New York Knicks, on Friday night, are looking to get back on track, but without their new star big man in the lineup, will have one less offensive option at their disposal. 

Luckily for the Mavericks, second-year star Luka Doncic is having an MVP caliber year through the first eight games of the season averaging 28.1 points, 10.4 rebounds, and 9.3 assists per game, with a 27.50 Player Efficiency Rating. 

The Mavericks and the Grizzlies will tip-off from FedEx Forum at 7 pm central time in their first matchup of the new season.