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Dwight Powell will miss Mavs’ first two games

Mavs, Dwight Powell

While speaking with reporters on Tuesday, Mavs head coach Rick Carlisle noted that big man Dwight Powell will miss Dallas’ first two games of the season as he recovers from a left hamstring injury.

The Mavs had already ruled Powell out for Wednesday night’s season-opener against the Wizards, and now the Canadian-born center won’t be available for Friday’s matchup against the New Orleans Pelicans.

The Pelicans will likely take a cautious approach to Powell’s return, as they’ll need his rim protection throughout the season. Carlisle has already said that there is “no need to rush” the process. Additional updates with regards to Powell’s status should be released on Saturday.

Powell made 77 appearances with the Mavs last season (22 starts), racking up averages of 10.6 points on 59.7 percent shooting from the field (30.7 percent from beyond the arc), 5.3 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 21.6 minutes per outing.

Powell has said that his recovery process is going well, with no reported set-backs. He says he’s “doing good,” but he hasn’t practiced fully since October 5.

With Powell sidelined for a bit longer, Maxi Kleber will likely see an uptick in his usage rate.

Wednesday’s regular season opener against the Wizards is set to tip at 8:30 p.m. ET inside the American Airlines Center.