Celtics' Kristaps Porzingis Gets Encouraging Injury Update After Game 4 Exit

Boston Celtics center Kristaps Porzingis
Boston Celtics center Kristaps Porzingis / Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports

Boston Celtics fans collectively held their breath when Kristaps Porzingis limped off the court while clutching his lower right leg. Porzingis limped toward the Celtics' locker room late into the second quarter against the Miami Heat, showing visible signs of frustration as he exited the floor with trainers.

Porzingis was ruled doubtful to return to Monday's contest, and according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, he'll go for imaging on what the team is describing as a right calf injury on Tuesday, though the team is hopeful he's avoided an Achilles injury.

On the play, Porzingis pulled up with what appeared to be a non-contact injury after losing possession of the ball. He immediately lifted his hand in the air to signal to the bench that he needed to be subbed out.

Prior to his exit, Porzingis had contributed seven points and three rebounds as Boston built out a sizeable lead in Game 4 against the Heat. Al Horford saw the bulk of the minutes at center in Porzingis's absence.

With the Celtics holding a series lead, it's possible the team opts to hold Porzingis out of Wednesday's Game 5, even if he's healthy enough to play. Of course, losing the 28-year-old for an extended period of time would be a significant blow to the team's title hopes, although they fared just fine in his absence on Monday night.

Karl Rasmussen


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