Mavs’ Kristaps Porzingis gets honest with regaining rhythm after knee surgery
Dallas Mavericks big man Kristaps Porzingis has spoken out about regaining his rhythm after his lateral meniscus injury he suffered in last years playoffs and the surgery that followed.
The Latvian national scored an impressive 25 points and had 14 rebounds in the Mavs win against the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday night, pairing strongly with Luka Dončić who landed the 33rd triple double of his career and ended the night with 22 points, 12 rebounds and 12 assists.
Asked after the game how he was feeling, Porzingis said that while he wasn’t feeling the same as he was before the injury, things were slowly falling into place.
“I feel like I’m getting there,” he said. “After surgery, the leg it’s not feeling the same. But I’m feeling better with each game.”
Of the defensive sets against him, Porzingis added that each team “plays him different” and that he preferred to play against bigger players as that allowed him to “use my length on the inside” when they switched against him.
Mavs coach Rick Carlisle said he felt Porzingis was “great”, and that he was adapting to teams putting smaller players against him.
“My feeling is that he’s trending up all the time. There was more evidence of it tonight. And defensively, he’s been great since he came back from the back issues.”
The Texan sides battled it out hard on Wednesday, with the Mavs coming out on top with a 115-104 victory at American Airlines Center.
The win moved the Mavs to a 19-16 record and see them in eight place in the West, while the Spurs sit one spot ahead with a 18-5 record.