Kristaps Porzingis hoping he could play back-to-back for Mavs vs. Timberwolves
Per Brad Townsend of the Dallas Morning News, Porzingis is hoping to suit up on Wednesday against the Timberwolves after just playing 18 minutes in their 118-97 win over the New Orleans Pelicans. Porzingis dropped seven points and snagged six rebounds.
Asked Porzingis if being limited to 18 minutes opens the possibility of his playing tomorrow. "I think so. I hope so," he said.
— Brad Townsend (@townbrad) December 4, 2019
Though fully recovered from the ACL injury, the Mavs are still applying precautionary measures on the 24-year-old Latvian, especially now that the team is exceeding expectations.
Dallas’ win over the Pelicans extended their winning streak to three games. They now have a 14-6 record for fourth place in the Western Conference. And Porzingis, though inconsistent at times, has played a key part in their early success.
So far, KP is putting up 17.2 points, 9.2 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 2.1 blocks across 31.2 minutes. His reliable shooting stroke from practically anywhere on the court coupled with a 7-foot-3 frame has made Porzingis an ideal teammate for Luka Doncic.
Analysts believe that there are tons of things to iron out in their one-two punch. Some feel that Doncic needs to involve Porzingis more in the offense. But be as it may, their tandem has created relative success for the squad. All they need is more time to develop and for Porzingis to be fully healthy.