Kristaps Porzingis is expected to be back on the court Saturday at 7:30 p.m. when the Dallas Mavericks play on the road against the high-flying Brooklyn Nets in a game that will be televised nationally on ABC.
Porzingis missed the previous three games with lower back stiffness, but went through a full practice session on Friday in New York without complications and is very anxious to be able to play again.
“Today I went through a full practice, and I felt pretty good,” Porzingis said. “I hope I can play tomorrow. It’s always tough to sit out and not be able to play.
“I just try to stay focused on the work I need to do to be able to come back as soon as possible and to feel good on the court. That’s most important. When I’m out there I want to help my team and play at the level that I know I’m capable of.”
The last time Porzingis played in a game was on Feb. 14 when he collected 18 points, eight rebounds and two blocks during a 121-118 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers. After that the Mavs had contests against Detroit and Houston postponed due to the severe weather in Texas, and Porzingis sat out games this week against Memphis, Boston and Philadelphia while nursing his stiff lower back.
Porzingis isn’t sure what happened to make his back tighten up, but said: “I got it…