Mavericks’ Kristaps Porzingis Optimistic to Make a Return for NBA Christmas Day Game

Published 12/04/2020, 12:34 PM EST
DENVER, CO – OCTOBER 29: Kristaps Porzingis (6) of the Dallas Mavericks questions being called for charging Paul Millsap (4) of the Denver Nuggets during the second quarter on Tuesday, October 29, 2019. (Photo by AAron Ontiveroz/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images)


Kristaps Porzingis has been one of the most exciting centers in the league. But in his 5 years in the league, he has already suffered multiple injuries.

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After suffering from an ACL injury in 2018, Porzingis suffered from a torn meniscus in the Playoffs when the Mavericks played against the Clippers.

After having weathered a series of injury scares, ‘The Unicorn’ is back at the Mavs training camp. In his recent appearance at the Media Day, when asked whether he has ruled out the possibility of him playing, Porzingis said, “I’m not. I feel good. I’m making big steps forward in my progress, and I just want to be out there as soon as possible.

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“I want to be out there for Christmas and play those games, but we’ll see. That is me talking. That is not the medical staff talking. So, we’ll see what’s the timeline for me.”

When asked about his injury history, Porzingis replied, “Obviously, I’ve had two big injuries. The ACL is one of the toughest things you could have, and honestly, I’ve recovered really well from it. It changes if these were non-contact injuries.

“Then, it would be much more concerning, but because they’ve been contact injuries, those things can happen and I just have to do everything possible I can to make sure my body is strong.”

The 2017-18 All-Star had a good season with the Mavericks as he averaged 20.4 points, 1.8 assists, and 9.8 rebounds. It is very likely that the Latvian will miss some games initially as the team would want their star to be fully fit and won’t take a risk.

Are Mavericks contenders for the title?

The Dallas Mavericks had a good 2019-20 season. A player like Porzingis was a significant addition to the roster. The duo of Porzingis and Doncic was very effective in scoring against any opposition.

The changes in the roster have made the team much stronger. They lacked defensive solidity in the team, but now with the additions of Josh Richardson and Josh Green, the team will be much stronger defensively.

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DENVER, CO – OCTOBER 29: Paul Millsap (4) of the Denver Nuggets draws a foul from Kristaps Porzingis (6) of the Dallas Mavericks during the second quarter on Tuesday, October 29, 2019. (Photo by AAron Ontiveroz/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

When asked about how he feels about the team, Porzingis said, “I believe we have to be up there in the Western Conference. Obviously, it is a tough conference with a lot of really good teams, a lot of experienced teams, but I believe we have to make that next step this season.

“The highest expectations we can imagine. That has to be our end goal. I don’t know when we will get there, but we are working towards that, and I believe this going to be a great year for us.”

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The Dallas Mavericks were already one of the best teams in terms of offense. With their newer additions, they have certainly cemented their defense as well. They will surely be a force in the Western conference for the 2020-21 season to be reckoned with.

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Aditya Mohapatra

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Aditya Mohapatra is a sports enthusiast who primarily covers the NBA for EssentiallySports. Having graduated in Mass Communication, he has prior experience in writing for ABP News, and has been writing for EssentiallySports since November 2020. This die-hard Los Angeles Lakers fan feels that LeBron James is the best thing to have ever happened to the NBA, and will hold a healthy debate with anyone suggesting otherwise.

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