Mavs’ Dwight Powell suffers concerning non-contact Achilles injury
Dallas Mavericks center Dwight Powell had to leave the game early against the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday, as he came crashing down to the floor with an apparent non-contact injury. Judging by the replays, it didn’t look good for the key Mavs’ contributor.
The American Airlines center grew silent as the 28-year-old big man remained on the floor for a considerable amount of time after slipping with 2:59 left in the first quarter. Powell was making a move towards the basket when he lost possession of the basketball.
Replays showed that something popped at the back of his right leg, causing him to punch the floor in frustration right after.
His teammates rushed to his aid as play stopped, while Mavs superstar Luka Doncic had a look of concern on his face. Powell played in nine minutes and had one point, three rebounds, and one assist before the injury.
Hoping this isn't an Achilles injury for Dwight Powell 🙏🏽 pic.twitter.com/V7kbezt0V1
— ClutchPoints NBA (@ClutchPointsNBA) January 22, 2020
ESPN’s Tim McMahon offered additional details on the injury:
The obvious fear is that this is a season-ending injury for Dwight Powell, a critical role player and major part of the Mavs’ culture. https://t.co/VmF0Z3Sutq
— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) January 22, 2020
Judging by the clip, it seems that Powell may have suffered what could possibly be a season-ending Achilles injury. Two other players have already been scratched off this season due to the same injury, as Portland Trail Blazers’ Rodney Hood and Brooklyn Nets’ David Nwaba both suffered a torn Achilles.
Powell’s possible season-ending injury, meanwhile, will be a big blow to the Mavs. The 6-foot-10 slot man has been averaging 9.6 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 1.5 assists in 39 games this season. Powell has been shooting 64.0 percent from the field and 25.6 percent from downtown in 27 minutes per game.