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Mavs’ Kristaps Porzingis Fully Practices, Eyeing January Return



Kristaps Porzingis

Dallas Mavericks big man Kristaps Porzingis fully participated in team practice on Tuesday, marking the first time he has been a fully participant since undergoing surgery in October for a lateral meniscus injury in his right knee, according to ESPN’s Tim MacMahon.

While there is no current timetable set for Porzingis’ return, Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle said that he anticipates a Porzingis return sometime in January.

“Sometime in the next couple of weeks isn’t farfetched; it isn’t certain either,” Carlisle said. “I think we just have to go day to day with it and hope that things can keep moving in a positive direction.”

Porzingis, 25, said the knee “felt good” on Tuesday.

“I just need a little bit of time now to get back in a rhythm and feel good on the court, and that’s it,” Porzingis said. “I don’t want to have that adaptation time while I’m already playing. I want to try to do as much as I can right now before I start playing, and once I start playing, I want to play at a high level right away.”

Porzingis averaged 20.4 points, 9.5 rebounds and 2.0 blocks for the Mavericks last season.

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