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Kristaps Porzingis listed as probable for Game 3 vs. Clippers [UPDATE]

Mavericks PF on track to play in Game 3 after dealing with knee irritation. He scored 23 points in their Game 2 win on Wednesday night.

Kristaps Porzingis of the Dallas Mavericks grabs the rebound against the LA Clippers during Round One, Game One of the NBA Playoffs on August 17, 2020 at The AdventHealth Arena in Orlando, Florida.  Photo by David Sherman/NBAE via Getty Images

UPDATE: Aug. 20, 5:31 p.m. Porzingis is being listed as probable for Friday’s Game 3 vs. the Clippers, per the injury report from Thursday evening. Porzingis was questionable heading into Game 2, but ended up starting and looked fine. He finished with 23 points and 7 rebounds in 36 minutes in the starting lineup.

UPDATE: Aug. 19, 2:58 p.m. Porzingis has been upgraded to probable for Game 2, per The Athletic’s Shams Charania.

So it looks like Porzingis is fine and should be a full go for tonight’s game. If that’s the case, we should be able to get low ownership on Porzingis given this type of status. A lot of lineups were likely crafted early in the day and in high-pop GPPs, users may not pivot onto him. Considering the hole and the ejection from Game 1, I’d expect Porzingis to be motivated. If he isn’t on a minutes limit, I’d say fire away in GPPs.

UPDATE: Aug. 19, 12:58 p.m. Porzingis is dealing with knee irritation but is hopeful to play in Game 2 vs. the Clippers on Wednesday, per ESPN’s Tim MacMahon.

Dallas Mavericks PF Kristaps Porzingis is being listed as questionable to play in Game 2 vs. the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday night. This is tough news for the Mavericks, who probably felt like Game 1 was stolen from them. Porzingis was tossed after two soft technical fouls in a loss to the Clippers. In a 1-0 hole in the series — and already working as underdogs — Dallas cannot afford to lose Porzingis for Game 2.

If Porzingis is held out of Game 2, we should see more of Maxi Kleber at PF and C. Dorian Finney-Smith should also see more playing time in smaller lineups. Boban Marjanovic got some extended run in Game 1 but isn’t really a viable option for more than say 12-15 minutes in the playoffs. This also puts a lot more pressure on Luka Doncic to carry the team in a series that is already looking like it could be over quickly after that tough break in Game 1.