DALLAS (AP) — Dallas heart Dwight Powell sustained what the Mavericks worry is a “extreme” damage to his proper Achilles tendon in a 110-107 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday night time.
Coach Rick Carlisle mentioned the membership would wait on an MRI examination to find out the extent of the damage, however mentioned the damage was “feared to be extreme.”
Powell went down with a non-contact damage with 2:57 left within the first quarter. He was helped to the locker room whereas placing no weight on his proper leg. Teammate J.J. Barea – who tore his proper Achilles tendon final season – was distraught as Powell was taken off the courtroom.
“It doesn’t get a lot more durable than this, if it finally ends up being what we worry it would,” Carlisle mentioned. “However he shall be again, regardless. There’s just a few guys you simply know, they’ve a stage of resourcefulness, a stage of battle in them. Barea’s one in all them. Powell’s one other. He’ll be again.”
Teammate Luka Doncic summed up a somber Mavericks’ locker room in speaking about Powell’s presence on the crew.
“Off the courtroom and on the courtroom, he gave us lots,” Doncic mentioned. “He is an ideal man. He does not deserve this.”
The damage got here on the identical night time 7-foot-Three ahead Kristaps Porzingis returned after lacking 10 video games due to a sore proper knee. Powell averaged 13 factors on 71% capturing within the video games Porzingis missed and was proving to be an efficient sidekick. Each have been starters when wholesome.
Porzingis can relate to Powell, as he got here again this yr after lacking a season-and-a-half with a torn ACL.
“Dwight has a extremely good mindset, a extremely robust mindset,” Porzingis mentioned. “He will be wonderful all through the rehab if we get the worst information. He’ll be round, I am certain. He is nice for the locker room. He is nice for the tradition that we’re making an attempt to create.”
Powell, in his sixth season within the NBA, has averaged almost 10 factors and 6 rebounds a recreation in 39 earlier video games. He had elevated his scoring common over every of his first 5 seasons.
Powell has performed all however 5 of his 371 profession video games for the Mavericks, arriving from Boston in a five-player commerce in December 2014 that additionally introduced level guard Rajon Rondo. Rondo’s model clashed with Carlisle, however Powell’s power and productiveness within the paint has made him a favourite of the coach.
“He is a continuing,” Carlisle mentioned. “He is a relentless team-first man. He is a relentless employee. He is a relentless all the pieces. Guys like him outline the tradition that we would like right here.”
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