The NBA playoffs are returning, just without Kristaps Porzingis.
The Dallas Mavericks on Friday announced the Latvian big man is exploring treatment options for a lateral meniscus tear in his right knee after he suffered the injury in Game 1 of the Mavericks’ playoff game against the Los Angeles Clippers.
Team doctors have not cleared Porzingis to return to play in the first-round.
This is a huge blow to the Mavericks, who trail the Western Conference’s second-seeded Clippers 3-2 in one of the most exciting and competitive matchups of the postseason thus far.
Dallas and L.A. return to play Sunday, Aug. 30 at 3:30 p.m. ET from the NBA bubble in Orlando, Fla.