Dallas Mavericks’ Kristaps Porzingis exits Thursday’s game with right knee soreness

Dallas Mavericks center/power forward Kristaps Porzingis exited Thursday night game against the host Detroit Pistons due to soreness in his right knee. The Mavericks announced at the beginning of the fourth quarter that he would not return.

Porzingis, who missed the previous three games due to a left ankle sprain, had 11 points and one rebound against the Pistons.

Porzingis had surgery in October to address the lateral meniscus injury in his right knee that he suffered during the playoffs, causing him to sit out the final three games of the Mavs’ first-round loss to the LA Clippers. He missed the first nine games of the season while recovering from that surgery, and the Mavs have carefully managed his workload throughout the season, sitting him for one game of most back-to-backs.

The 7-foot-3 Porzingis, who entered Thursday averaging 20.4 points and 9.3 rebounds per game, has also had surgery on his left knee. He tore the ACL in that knee in February 2018 in what turned out to be his final game for the New York Knicks.

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