Mavericks centre Powell suffers ruptured Achilles, weighing surgery options

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However, he has joined the team in Dallas and may return in the upcoming games.

The loss was the least of the Mavericks' worries since the team saw center Dwight Powell suffering what appeared to be a season-ending injury on his Achilles tendon.

"Guys like him define the culture that we want here", Carlisle said, via's Michael C. Wright. Right Achilles injury feared to be severe, but we won't know for sure until the diagnostic tests are done. In the second half, he scored 24 points to convince the Mavericks after having left double digits from the end of the second quarter to most of the third.

But Shamet's late buckets, combined with four missed free throws by the Mavericks within the last minute of play, sealed the three-point victory for the Clippers. Landry Shamet added 18 points, and Lou Williams finished with 16 points off the bench. "I think we all feel bad that he's in the situation that he's in", Carlisle said. "We'd loved to keep that lead the whole game, but that's not how it's going to be". It's been a long season. "We got to find different ways how to win like we did tonight".

Leonard added 11 in the fourth quarter, including his only 3 in the game at 1:15, which brought the Clippers up to 108-100. After a Clippers turnover, Tim Hardaway Jr's potential tying three spun around and out. He fell to the ground and immediately slapped the floor in pain. He was helped to the locker room while putting no weight on his right leg. Teammate J.J. Barea - who tore his right Achilles tendon last season - was distraught as Powell was taken off the court.

Powell, in his sixth season in the National Basketball Association, averaged almost 10 points and six rebounds a game in 39 previous games this season.

Powell has emerged as a key cog in the Mavericks rotation this season, starting 37 games, with averages of 9.6 points and 5.7 rebounds in 27 minutes per contest.



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