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How much time will Kristaps Porzingis miss for the Celtics?

Earlier this week, Celtics’ GM Brad Stevens won Executive of the Year in 2023-24. The moves he made for the team this past offseason set them up for success. That’s why Boston had the best record in the NBA at 64-18. Jrue Holiday and Kristaps Porzingis were the two pieces that have helped take Boston to another level this year. 

In Game 4 of Boston’s opening-round series vs. the Heat, Porzingis suffered a non-contact injury. He had to leave the game early in the fourth quarter and did not return. According to leave sources, it’s a calf strain for Porzingis, the same injury that’s kept Giannis Antetokounmpo off the floor for Milwaukee. NBA insider Shams Charania said that Boston is treating this like a one-to-two-week injury for Porzingis and they’ll see how he progresses through rehab.

Who can step up for the Celtics while Kristaps Porzingis is out?

“Kristaps Porziņģis has a right soleus strain, so this is a calf strain…I’m told this is going to be treated like a week to week injury, could be 1-2 weeks for Kristaps Porziņģis, could be even longer than that based on his rehab.”@ShamsCharania on Kristaps Porziņģis’ injury…

— Run It Back (@RunItBackFDTV) May 1, 2024

During his professional career, injuries have been a reoccurring issue for Kristaps Porzingis. He’s played 60+ games in a season just once since 2019-20. The 28-year-old played in 57 of Boston’s 82 games this season. Joe Mazzulla and his coaching staff have done what they can this season to try and keep Porzingis healthy. However, a non-contact injury on Monday was unavoidable. Now, Porzinigs is out with no set timetable to return. Not ideal for the  Celtics who were the favorites heading into the playoffs to win the NBA Finals.

With Porzingis out, the Celtics are going to have to go deeper into their bench. In Boston’s two previous seasons, they used veteran big man Al Horford as their center. When Porzingis was acquired,…

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Author : Zach Wolpin

Publish date : 2024-05-01 18:05:40

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