The Mavericks will be without Kristaps Porzingis and Tim Hardaway Jr. for another game when Charlotte visits American Airlines Center on Saturday.
Coach Rick Carlisle said after Friday’s mostly non-contact practice that both players are progressing from their injuries, but neither is ready for a return.
“He’s making progress, but he’s not ready yet,” Carlisle said of Porzingis, who will miss his third consecutive game with a sore right knee, which is not the knee he had surgery on in 2018.
“Hardaway was a full go in a practice (Friday) that was mostly a non-contact practice. He’s improving as well. He’s going to be out tomorrow. But he’s moving in the right direction and getting closer. But there’s no timetable.”
The Mavericks have used patchwork lineups while missing their second- and third-leading scorers. In their absence, J.J. Barea and Jalen Brunson have received starts at Hardaway’s spot and Maxi Kleber and Justin Jackson have filled in for Porzingis.
Clearly, it depends on matchups as to who Carlisle will roll with in the lineup.