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The Dallas Mavericks defeated the Portland Trail Blazers 130-110 on Friday night, but the victory unfortunately didn’t bring good news for everyone. Starting center Dwight Powell left the game with 10:26 to play in the third quarter and did not return.

Soon after he left the field, the team announced that Powell suffered a left hip contusion. It’s the second injury to a top Dallas tight end this week after Maxi Kleber suffered a torn hamstring. Powell’s future availability is now in question.

“Yeah, he’s hurt,” Mavericks head coach Jason Kidd said after the game. “That’s all I have to tell you. He’s probably out. I do not know”:

Depending on the severity of the concussions, Powell’s recovery time varies greatly. If it’s minor, he can return to court within a few days. However, if it’s severe, he could be out for four to six weeks.

Before leaving the game, Powell had five points, two rebounds, an assist and a steal in 11 and a half minutes. He is averaging 4.8 points and 3.2 rebounds over his last five games, all starts.

If Powell can’t play Saturday night in Cleveland, Kidd will have to turn to his bench to find a new starting center. Davis Bertans, JaVale McGee and Christian Wood are the team’s remaining healthy big men.

“Maxi and DP are like our ironworkers, but I found out [about Kleber’s injury] today,” Wood said after the game. “Like I said before, Maxi is a defensive anchor for us and so is DP. Those guys have been great defensively for us all season, so we need them back soon.”



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