Dallas Mavericks big man Kristaps Porzingis is curently listed as questionable for Game 5 against the Los Angeles Clippers.
Porzingis missed Game 4, which saw the Mavs tie the series at 2-2, due to a soreness in his right knee.
He was a last minute scratch prior to tip-off
Mavs head coach Rick Carlisle said Porzingis could be a game-time decision for the pivotal Game 5.
“Look, a lot of this is going to be hour-to-hour, minute-to-minute type stuff, probably into the later stages of tomorrow,” Carlisle said on Monday.
“The game is at [9 PM ET] tomororw night, so it may be late in the day, late in the evening, before we know for sure.”
Carlisle added, “I will say that 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 will just have to see where we are tomorrow.”
Young super star Luka Doncic was also a game-time decision for Game 4, where he delivered a 43 point, 17 rebound, and 13 assists masterpiece, while sinking the game winning shot to tie the series.
The ankle has appeared to respond well for Doncic after initially getting injured in Game 3.
Poringis on the hand, missed an entire season due to a torn left ACL back when he was still a member of the New York Knicks.
The soreness in his right knee is unrelated to the left ACL injury.
However, Porzingis has dealt with soreness in that right knee periodically as the season has progressed.
In the middle of the season, he missed a sterch of 10 straight games, beginning before their New Year’s Eve matchup with the Oklahoma City Thunder.
“From what I understand, this situation is different from than the one in January,” Carlisle said.
“That’s all I can tell you. That’s all I really want to get into.”
Kristaps Porzingis was also listed as questionable for Game 2 with the same right knee soreness.
Despite that listing, he played 36 minutes in a Mavs win, with 23 points and seven rebounds to his name.