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06:40  10 october  2019
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Nearly two years after ACL tear, Kristaps Porzingis feels ‘better than I ever have in my life’

  Nearly two years after ACL tear, Kristaps Porzingis feels ‘better than I ever have in my life’ For the first time in a long time, Kristaps Porzingis is back to normal. © Provided by Oath Inc. Kristaps Porzingis is entering training camp with the Dallas Mavericks healthy and ready to go after tearing his ACL nearly two years ago in New York. (Omar Vega/Getty Images) Porzingis, who tore the ACL in his left knee nearly 20 months ago before his trade to the Dallas Mavericks, is entering training camp this week finally back to full strength — if not more so.“I feel great physically. I feel 100 percent,” Porzingis said, via ESPN. “I feel probably better than I ever have in my life.”“I’m back.” pic.twitter.

Kristaps Porzingis after tearing a ligament in his knee on Tuesday.CreditCreditMary Altaffer/Associated Press. As Porzingis came down, he stepped on Antetokounmpo’s foot and his ankle buckled. He stayed on the ground, grabbing at his left knee, and had to be helped off the court .

GREENBURGH, N.Y. — For the first time since February, Kristaps Porzingis is back in a Knicks uniform. “Obviously, I’m getting itchy and I want to be out on the court as soon as possible. Porzingis has been off the court since he tore his left anterior cruciate ligament during a Feb.

Kristaps Porzingis said “it felt natural” as he returned to the court on Wednesday night for the first time since suffering an ACL injury in February 2018, per Eddie Sefko of Porzingis’ shot was rusty, as he went just 7-of-18 from the field and 2-of-7 from three-point range. Still, he managed 18 points in 19 minutes, along with seven rebounds and two assists.

Thon Maker, Kristaps Porzingis are posing for a picture© Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

“All good,” he said afterward. “The main thing for me is to be calm. Be focused and be calm on the court.”

The game marked Porzingis’ debut in a Mavericks uniform and his first time playing alongside Rookie of the Year Luka Doncic, who led the team with 21 points, eight rebounds and five assists.

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The injury occurred when Porzingis landed awkwardly after a dunk in the second quarter. He immediately grabbed his left leg in pain and had According to Yahoo Sports NBA Contributor Shams Charania, Kristaps Porzingis suffered a season-ending ACL injury on his left knee Tuesday night vs

Meeting with the media on Monday, Kristaps Porzingis explained that his rehab from an ACL tear is complicated by KP, who tore the ACL in his left knee back on February 6th, spent the most “We feel good about how the rehab process is going,” Mills said. “There are obviously different steps we

“It’s easy to play with him, super-easy,” Porzingis said, per Sefko. “The looks he got us and how much attention he draws away from me and everybody else, it makes it so much easier. I’m excited going forward.”

There’s more from the Lone Star State:

  • Mavericks guard J.J. Barea is back to normal nine months after surgery on a ruptured right Achilles tendon, Sefko writes in a full story. Barea didn’t accompany the team on its current road trip, but he expects to play Friday night. “I’m feeling better than I thought I was going to,” he said. “I still got a way to go. But the more I play, the more I move, it gets better.”
  • Chris Clemons is hoping his scoring prowess is enough to earn a roster spot with the Rockets, relays Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle. The 5-foot-9 guard won’t get regular playing time in a backcourt that includes James Harden, Russell Westbrook and Eric Gordon, but he may catch on as an extra point guard or possibly on a two-way contract. “I’m just enjoying the opportunity I’ve been given and working every day to try to make this roster,” Clemons said. “Hopefully, I’ll make the roster and be a full-time NBA player. But that’s stuff I can’t control. I’m just playing my game.”
  • The Spurs are limiting Dejounte Murray‘s playing time to 20 minutes per game as he works his way back from an ACL injury that cost him all of last season, according to Jeff McDonald of The San Antonio Express-News. Coach Gregg Popovich said Murray has more gained trust in his knee after playing in two preseason games. “We worry, as you would with someone who hasn’t played in that long of a time, but he went full bore with every minute we gave him,” Popovich said. “He got knocked down a couple times and twisted all around, and I think he gained a lot of confidence.”

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a man holding a basketball: Orlando Magic guard Markelle Fultz (20) flips the ball away from Atlanta Hawks guard DeAndre' Bembry (95) during the first half at State Farm Arena on October 9, 2019. 

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