Mavericks’ Kristaps Porzingis banned from Game 5 vs Clippers

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Dallas Mavericks big man Kristaps Porzingis has been demoted for Game 5 on Tuesday night against the Los Angeles Clippers.This will be the second game in a row Porzingis has missed due to pain in his right knee.

Porzingis was a late scratch ahead of the Mavs’ win in Game 4 on Sunday, and coach Rick Carlisle said the following afternoon that Porzingis could be a game-time decision for Game 5. However, the Mavs demoted Porzingis from questionable at around noon ET.

Mavs starting forward Dorian Finney-Smith is considered questionable due to left hip strain and right hip pain. He dealt with issues with his hip before the suspension from the NBA season in March.

Clippers point guard Patrick Beverley is considered doubtful due to left calf strain that sidelined him for three games in this series.

Porzingis, who missed a season and a half after tearing the ACL in his left knee in what ended up being his last game with the New York Knicks, has consistently faced right knee pain this season. . It caused him to miss a 10-game streak midway through the season, starting with a late scratch before a New Years Eve game in Oklahoma City.

Porzingis was considered questionable heading into Game 2 with pain in his right knee, but played 36 minutes in the Mavs victory, scoring 23 points and registering seven rebounds. He was not on the official injury report until the next two games, but Carlisle said he learned about 35 minutes before Game 4 that Porzingis was experiencing knee pain again and would have to be absent.

Porzingis, who was sent off early in the third quarter after Dallas’ Game 1 loss, averaged 23.7 points and 8.7 rebounds in the first playoff series of his career.

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