DALLAS (105.3 The Fan) - Dallas Mavericks big man Kristaps Porzingis has been ruled out of tonight's pivotal Game 5 between the Mavericks series and the Clippers due to lingering soreness in his right knee.
Dallas was able to even the series on Sunday without it's star thanks to the heroics of their other star, Luka Doncic, who hit a buzzer beater to cap a 21-point comeback win.
Porzingis was a late scratch in that game. And heading into Game 5, the Mavs called his status "uncertain." On Tuesday morning's injury reports Porzingis was listed as "Questionable." He's now been downgraded to "out," which can't be a good sign for his chances of suiting up in Game 6.
Porzingis is no stranger to knee troubles, having missed most of the last two seasons with a torn ACL in his left knee, as well as 10 games earlier this season with right knee soreness.
However, per Carlisle, Porzingis's latest MRI came back without any concern, which would indicate some good long-term news.
"There's nothing on the MRI that has ruled him out a day before the game and that's good news," Carlisle said Monday. "I think we can take some stock in that and we'll see where we are tomorrow. A lot of this is going to be hour to hour, minute to minute type stuff."
The Mavericks and Clippers will tip off at 8 p.m. CT on TNT.