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Kristaps Porzingis out for playoffs with lateral meniscus tear

Kristaps Porzingis out

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 14: Kristaps Porzingis #6 of the Dallas Mavericks warms up before the game against the Golden State Warriors on January 14, 2020 at Chase Center in San Francisco, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2020 NBAE (Photo by Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images)

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The Mavericks beat the Clippers in Game 4 while Kristaps Porzingis was out, but it took a heroic effort from Luka Doncic. The Mavericks were without Porzingis again in Game 5, and while alone could not have stopped the Clippers tornado that game, he undoubtedly could have lessened the blow.

Dallas is going to find a way to beat the Clippers two more times without Porzingis — he is out for the playoffs with a lateral meniscus tear in his right knee, the team announced Friday.

Often this injury requires surgery to repair, but that depends upon the nature of the injury itself. This is the opposite knee from where Porzingis needed ACL surgery, which cost him an entire season.

This is a massive blow to Dallas’ chances to win two straight from the Clippers, who lead the series 3-2 heading into Game 6 Sunday. Porzingis sets a good pick for Doncic, is a dangerous pick-and-pop partner with deep range, and he provides good rim protection on the other end of the court.

Dallas will lean on Maxi Kleber and Dorian Finney-Smith inside, with some Boban Marjanovic, but mostly the Mavs will need some combination of Doncic, Trey Burke, Tim Hardaway Jr., and Seth Curry to dominate the perimeter. No easy task against a deep Clippers roster.