Tuesday was a light day in terms of NBA scheduling, with only one game on the calendar after a jam-packed MLK Day. However, there was plenty of intrigue in the contest between the Dallas Mavericks and the L.A. Clippers, with both teams operating at a high level. Unfortunately, much of the focus turned to the injury status of Mavericks center Dwight Powell, who left the contest in the first quarter after suffering a right leg injury.
Here's the play where Dwight Powell went down pic.twitter.com/jlasAeFZFP
— Nick Angstadt (@NickVanExit) January 22, 2020
Replay of Dwight Powell's injury shows the shockwave go up his leg pic.twitter.com/yliNQpKTWO
— The Render (@TheRenderNBA2) January 22, 2020
Almost immediately following the incident, the Mavericks released word that Powell’s injury was to his right Achilles.
Dwight Powell won't return with a right Achilles injury, per the team.
— Tim Cato (@tim_cato) January 22, 2020
From there, Shams Charania of The Athletic brought the dismal news that Powell’s injury is expected to be severe in nature.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) January 22, 2020
That was the immediate fear in seeing the way Powell went down and, if the Achilles is actually torn, the 28-year-old center would assuredly miss the remainder of the 2019-20 campaign. In 39 games this season, Powell is averaging 9.6 points and 5.7 rebounds per game, providing starter minutes and reliable production for a Mavericks team with lofty aspirations.
With Kristaps Porzingis returning on Tuesday, some of Powell’s presumed absence would be mitigated. Still, the former second-round pick has been a key cog as a pick-and-roll threat for Luka Doncic and the Mavericks, and an injury like this is never what anyone wants to see, especially for a team like Dallas that has been one of the biggest surprises in basketball this year.