Mavericks’ forward Kristaps Porzingis will not play in either of the games this weekend when the Mavericks finish their six-game home stand against the Lakers and 76ers, coach Rick Carlisle said.
The 7-3 Porzingis already has missed five games because of right knee soreness. The Mavericks are 2-3 in those games.
“KP will not play either of these games this weekend,” Carlisle said. “He continues to progress. He’s doing better all the time.
“One of the games on the West Coast trip is a possibility, either Golden State or Sacramento. But there’s nothing written in stone on that. But he’s doing better.”
The Mavericks visit the Warriors and Kings on Tuesday and Wednesday next week. They then return home for a pair of games. After this weekend, there are 16 games remaining before the All-Star break in mid-February, including three sets of back-to-back games.
ESPN, citing a source, reported Thursday that Porzingis had a platelet rich plasma injection in the knee that has kept him sidelined since New Year’s Eve. The procedure is not uncommon when dealing with inflammation from various injuries.
Porzingis is averaging 17.3 points and 9.4 rebounds per game, both second-best on the Mavericks to Luka Doncic.