Kyrie Irving of Mavericks Suffers Right Heel Contusion, Avoids Major Injury

Dallas Mavericks‘ Kyrie Irving suffered a right heel contusion after teammate Dwight Powell landed on his right leg during a game against the Portland Trail Blazers.
‣ An MRI confirmed the injury and Irving has returned to Dallas to begin treatment, with no set timetable for his return.
‣ Despite the injury, the Mavericks hold the 11th-best odds to win the championship according to several NBA betting sites.


Kyrie Irving, the star of the Dallas Mavericks, narrowly missed a severe injury. He reportedly got a heel contusion when Dwight Powell, his teammate, landed on his right leg. This happened during Friday’s 125-112 win against the Portland Trail Blazers.

Irving, 31, was fouled under the basket by Duop Reath, the Trail Blazers center. This happened just under four minutes before halftime. The eight-time All-Star fell to the floor, and Powell accidentally stepped on his foot.

According to some NBA betting sites, the Mavericks have the 11th-best odds to win the championship. Sportsbooks are showing better odds for the Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers, and Minnesota Timberwolves.

The Dallas Mavericks announced today that an MRI revealed a right heel contusion for Kyrie Irving. Irving sustained the injury in the Mavericks’ game at Portland on Friday. Irving has returned to Dallas to begin treatment, and there is no timetable for his return at this time.

Irving remained in the game to shoot two free throws before Tim Hardaway Jr. committed a foul. This helped the 13-year veteran off the court and straight to the locker room.

An MRI on Saturday revealed the right heel contusion. The Mavericks are pleased to learn that Irving’s leg injury is “just a bruise,” per ESPN’s report. Irving has dealt with soreness in his right foot throughout the season.

Dallas Mavericks’ Kyrie Irving suffers right heel contusion, timetable for return is unknown. The three-time All-NBA member is beginning treatment on the heel, and there is no set timetable for his return just yet. His status for Monday’s game in Memphis is unknown.

Through 17 starts this season, Irving is averaging 23 points, 3.9 rebounds, 5.2 assists, 1.2 steals, and 31.8 minutes per game. Plus, he’s shooting 47.1% from the floor, 38.4% beyond the arc, and 90.3% at the foul line.

In Dallas’ 132-125 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks on Nov. 18, the veteran guard recorded a season-high 39 points, four rebounds, six assists, and one steal in 34 minutes of action.

Kyrie Irving exits tonight’s game. According to the Mavericks’ injury report, Irving is out indefinitely. Forwards Maxi Kleber (toe) and Josh Green (elbow) remain out indefinitely as well. Not to mention, forward Grant Williams (knee) is questionable for Monday’s game in Memphis.

Dallas is 5-5 in its last 10 games and 1-4 in its past five meetings with the Grizzlies. The Mavs are coming off back-to-back wins over the Utah Jazz and Trail Blazers.

Meanwhile, the Grizzlies are 4-6 in their last 10 games and 1-9 in their previous 10 home games. Memphis has failed to cover the spread in its past five contests at home against Dallas.

NBA sportsbooks show the Mavericks as 2.5-point favorites over the Grizz.

James Shotwell
James Shotwell
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