Kristaps Porzingis will miss Game 5 on Tuesday and his status going forward remains blurred.
Coach Rick Carlisle said that the 7-3 center, who also missed Game 4 with right knee soreness, was ruled out several hours before Game 5.
“He’s just not able to play,” Carlisle said. “There are a lot of things we’re doing with him right now. I can’t get into details. But we’re trying to move him in a direction to see if he can be available for Game 6. But the short answer is that he’s not (ready) tonight.”
The Mavericks won Game 4 without Porzingis, 135-133 in overtime. But in the first three games he averaged 23.7 points and 8.7 rebounds. He also hit 9-of-17 3-point shots.
The Mavericks become a much smaller team without Porzingis, having started 6-foot Trey Burke in his place in Game 4.
That said, it was not a hard decision to sit Porzingis on Tuesday.
“To even attempt to play him or talk about it would be the wrong thing,” Carlisle said. “We’re moving from day to day. He’s doing a little bit better each day. But beyond that, there’s nothing I can really tell you.
“We’ll hope things keep moving in a good direction (Wednesday) and then we’ll see where we are Thursday (for Game 6).”
On the bright side, Carlisle said that 6-7 forward Dorian Finney-Smith, who was questionable with strains to both hips, is available to play in Game 5.