DALLAS – A sprained right wrist knocked out Dallas Mavericks power forward Kristaps Porzingis for Monday’s game against the Utah Jazz and could cause him to miss multiple games, according to coach Rick Carlisle.
“We hope it’s not serious. It’s something he’s been dealing with for several weeks, so we’re going to hope for the best on that,” Carlisle said.
Porzingis ‘sprained wrist did not appear in the official injury report until Sunday, a day after he was left out of Dallas’ victory over the Washington Wizards due to handling the load on the second night of a ‘back-to’. -back ‘.
The 25-year-old is averaging 20.2 points, 8.9 rebounds and 1.6 blocks in 31 games this season. His sore wrist has apparently not affected his shots recently, as he has shot 48.3% from the floor and 37.7% from the triple since the All-Star break, numbers that are slightly better than his percentages for the season.
Porzingis missed the first nine games of the season while recovering from offseason surgery to repair the meniscus in his right knee. He missed three straight games in late February due to low back strain and has ‘sat down’ the second night of a back-to-back five times.
“He’s a tough guy,” Carlisle said. “He doesn’t miss practice. He wants to play all the time, but this is one of the ones that he won’t miss tonight. Maybe we’ll find out later tonight or tomorrow,” he said.