Kristaps Porzingis out for Mavericks-Clippers Game 5


The Mavericks beat the Clippers in Game 4 without Kristaps Porzingis.

Dallas will have to do it again in Game 5 tonight.

Brad Townsend of The Dallas Morning News:

Porzingis is a major loss. The big is a good scorer from all levels with deep shooting range, and his paint protection is excellent.

In his absence, the Mavericks will rely even more heavily on their perimeter players – Luka Doncic, Trey Burke, Tim Hardaway Jr., Seth Curry. Clippers guards Lou Williams, Reggie Jackson and Landry Shamet haven’t been up to the task defensively. L.A. really misses Patrick Beverley.

Inside, Dallas has asked Maxi Kleber and Dorian Finney-Smith to step up in small lineups. So, missing Finney-Smith – who has also defended Kawhi Leonard and Paul George relatively well – would really compound the Mavericks’ issues. Boban Marjanovic can also tilt games as a massive center, though only in limited minutes.