KEY POINTS

  • The incident took place during Mavericks' NBA match Tuesday
  • Powell reportedly tore Achilles tendon
  • Mavericks await his MRI report to be fully sure of Powell's injury

Dallas Mavericks suffered a major blow Tuesday after their center Dwight Powell reportedly was ruled out of the season.

The incident took place during Mavericks’ game against the Los Angeles Clippers when Powell tore his Achilles tendon with less than three minutes left in the first quarter. Although Mavericks didn’t provide specifics about the severity of Powell’s injury, the center will undergo an MRI exam Wednesday.

When the player went down flat on the ground, it looked bad. It is more or less confirmed that Mavericks are going to be without Powell for the remainder of the ongoing 2019-20 season. Even coach Rick Carlisle has admitted the injury could be severe.

“But we won’t know for sure until the diagnostic test is done. It’s a real tough one,” Mavericks coach told NBA.

“He’s one of the soldiers of the franchise really,” Carlisle said.  “But he’s an upbeat guy. And if the news ends up being the worst news, we’ve seen how [J.J.] Barea recovered [from a right Achilles tear suffered last January]. So, Dwight will get back there. But we don’t know yet. We’ll find out more tomorrow.” 

Powell’s injury could mean players such as Maxi Kleber and Boban Marjanovic will now get more games and Mavericks could also go into the market for a buy before the trade deadline.

Dirk Nowitzki Dallas Mavericks Photo: Reuters

Along with teammates Luka Doncic and Kristape Porzingis, Powell was having a great season having started in 36 games. Before getting injured, Powell also saw himself as one of the leaders in the current season in offensive rating per 100 possessions at 135. He led in that statistic for two straight seasons before this year in the NBA.

Prior to his season-ending injury Tuesday, Powell was averaging 9.6 points, 5.7 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game with the last two numbers being career-bests for him. He was also shooting a career-high 64% from the field.

Not only did Mavericks lose Powell but also the match eventually to Clippers by 110-107. While Clippers improved their record to 31-13 and moved to the second place, Mavericks are currently fifth on the Western Conference points table with a record of 27-16.

Mavericks are scheduled to next face Portland Trail Blazers in NBA 2019-20 Friday.