A day after Kristaps Porzingis sat out Game 4 of the first-round playoff series against the Los Angeles Clippers with right knee soreness, the Dallas Mavericks still aren’t sure if the fifth-year veteran will play in Game 5 Tuesday.
“KP’s status for tomorrow is still uncertain,” coach Rick Carlisle said Monday. “He’s been undergoing treatment and he’s seen the doctors here.
“We’ll know a little more tomorrow (Tuesday), but this may be a game-time decision similar to what Luka was (Sunday).”
Luka Dončić suffered a left ankle sprain in Game 3 Friday and was declared a game-time decision for Game 4. Not only did Doncic play a career-high 46 minutes in Game 4, he contributed 43 points, 17 rebounds and 13 assists, in addition to banging in the game-winning 3-pointer as time expired to lead the Mavs to a 135-133 victory that tied this best-of-seven series at 2-2.
Not knowing if Dončić was going to be able to play in Game 4, the Mavs were certainly hoping Porzingis would be able to. But after his pregame warmups, Porzingis was a late scratch from Sunday’s starting lineup.
“I found out about KP’s thing, it was in the locker room before the game,” Carlisle said. “It was maybe 35 minutes before the game. It was before our meeting.”
Asked if the MRI showed anything structurally wrong with Porzingis’ knee, Carlisle said: “I can’t get into that. But he’s not been ruled out for Game 5.
“Look, a lot of this is going to be hour-to-hour, minute-to-minute type stuff, probably in the latter stages of tomorrow. The game is at ( (8) tomorrow night (CDT), so it may be late in the day, late in the evening before we know for sure.”
Carlisle then added a measure of comfort to Porzingis’ availability for Game 5 by saying: “There’s nothing on the MRI that has ruled him out a day before the game, and that’s good news. I think we can take some stock in that and we’ll just have to see where we are tomorrow.”
Porzingis missed 10 games this season from Dec. 31-Jan. 17 with right knee soreness. Is the soreness in his right knee related to the soreness he experienced in the same knee some eight months ago?
“I’m not authorized to give medical information – at least anything detailed,” Carlisle said. “From what I understand, this situation is different than the one in January, and that’s all I can tell you.”
As far as Doncic goes, the day after he posted an incredible stat line, Carlisle said the point guard is doing just fine.
“Luka’s ankle is doing well, and he did well on it yesterday,” Carlisle said. “And hopefully today off the floor will help that as well.”