Kristaps Porzingis is back. Yes, you read that right, Dallas’ all-star big man is suiting whenever the Mavs play basketball again.

Just as soon as the news officially broke that Porzingis is returning, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski broke the news that the Mavs shut down team facilities. The game against New Orleans has also been postponed due to the COVID-19 outbreak the Mavs are fighting.

Just as quickly as Woj gives, he takes away. The Porzingis debuted will have to wait until the current team outbreak ceases.

The team is currently working through contact tracing, to find the root of the outbreak. But this does force into question the true likelihood of a completed season.

The Mavs were unable to compete tonight due to not having at least eight available players. However, they are not the only teams wrestling with the uncertainty of the continuing pandemic. Multiple games in recent days have faced the harsh reality of postponement.

For example, the Chicago Bulls and Boston Celtics, who were set to play on Tuesday.

This is the nature of this year’s NBA season. The game-to-game is still so unknown. Star players like Kevin Durant, Joel Embiid, as well as a litany of role players have all faced the difficulty of self-quarantine and contract tracing. Regardless, it is frustrating that just when Dallas is righting the ship, and winning important games, and then the pandemic steps in as a setback.

What is next for KP and the Mavs:

It’s not exactly clear when Dallas will play basketball or practice again. That is the nature of this pandemic.

What we do know going forward is that the next time the Mavericks play, Porzingis will be out there with the rest of the team. And his arrival should be celebrated. He offers needed consistency on the offensive end for Dallas.

In the 2019-20 NBA season, Porzingis averaged 20 points per game and 9.5 rebounds. That is the guy Dallas is getting back, and the guy Dallas has desperately needed this season.

With Porzingis on the floor, the Mavs posted a record-setting offense. He is the perfect release valve for Doncic on drives to the rim and pick-and-pop scenarios. The next level for Doncic comes with Porzingis playing this season. He is finally healthy, now it’s up to the pandemic to decide when he makes his debut.

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