The Dallas Mavericks announced today that center Dwight Powell suffered a rupture of his right Achilles tendon.— Mavs PR (@MavsPR) January 22, 2020
Powell is currently weighing his surgical options and updates will be provided as appropriate. pic.twitter.com/uigQ2qsX6c
Dallas Mavericks center Dwight Powell is the latest NBA player to have suffered a non-contact Achilles injury.
The injury happened in the first quarter of Dallas’ 110-107 loss to the LA Clippers Tuesday night.
At this time, the team is not releasing the severity of the injury, but many are fearing the worst of torn right Achilles.
Powell will undergo an MRI exam Wednesday.
Replay of Dwight Powell's injury shows the shockwave go up his leg pic.twitter.com/yliNQpKTWO— The Render (@TheRenderNBA2) January 22, 2020
The Mavs next opponent will be the Portland Trail Blazers on Thursday night.
Portland has been dealing with its fair share of injuries, as well.
Trail Blazers starting small forward Rodney Hood underwent successful surgery to repair his ruptured left Achilles tendon back on December 11th.
Blazers starting center Jusuf Nurkic, who is still rehabbing a left leg fracture, let Powell know he was thinking about him Tuesday night.
An Achilles injury seems to be more and more common these days in the NBA.
After Wednesday's practice, Blazers guard Damian Lillard wished Powell a speedy recovery as Lillard discussed how players are always at risk of an injury:
It’s part of the game, but it’s something that you just hate to see. You never want to see a guy get hurt, especially a major injury like that. That can affect a guy's career and affect him personally. It’s something that’s tough to go through, but like I said, it’s part of the game and every time we step out there, we’re at risk of something like that happening or something going wrong. I wish him nothing but the best, a speedy recovery, and a safe surgery. -- Trail Blazers All-Star point guard Damian Lillard on Dwight Powell
Last summer, NBA.com put together a list of notable players around the league who had ruptured their Achilles.
The list included:
Now, we will wait and see if Powell is adding to this list. The Mavs role player was averaging 9.4 points and 5.7 rebounds.