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Mavs coach Rick Carlisle will monitor Kristaps Porzingis’ minutes closely vs. Timberwolves

Mavs, Kristaps Porzingis, Rick Carlisle

Dallas Mavericks forward Kristaps Porzingis is going to take the floor during the Mavs’ Wednesday contest versus the Minnesota Timberwolves, which will mark the first time that he has played in both legs of a back-to-back since sustaining a torn left ACL in February 2018.

Mavs head coach Rick Carlisle said before the game that he will be keeping a close eye on Porzingis and his minutes total, but noted that the big man has no specific limit.

Carlisle emphasized that KP played for just 18 minutes against the New Orleans Pelicans in the first half of their back-to-back.

Porzingis opened his first season with the Mavs hot, but he has scuffled somewhat as of late.

After recording just one single-digit scoring outing in his first 16 contests, he has scored in single digits twice over his last three games, including an 0-for-8 shooting performance versus Phoenix on Friday. It was his first game without a made field goal since Dec. 21, 2017.

Despite shooting 39.2 percent from the field overall, Porzingis has averaged 16.6 points in addition to 9.1 rebounds per contest, which puts him on pace to set a new career high on the glass. Should his minutes be monitored in any capacity, Dorian Finney-Smith figures to see an increased workload off the bench.