The Latest on Kristaps Porzingis' Status for Game 4 of NBA Finals

Jun 9, 2024; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Celtics center Kristaps Porzingis (8) blocks Dallas Mavericks center Daniel Gafford (21) in the third quarter during game two of the 2024 NBA Finals at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 9, 2024; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Celtics center Kristaps Porzingis (8) blocks Dallas Mavericks center Daniel Gafford (21) in the third quarter during game two of the 2024 NBA Finals at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports / David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports
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On Friday night, the Celtics have the chance to become NBA champions. For the Mavericks, "It's all about a pride thing now," as Kyrie Irving voiced at the podium on Thursday.

For Boston, it's about maintaining the mindset that fueled them through a regular season where they registered a league-best 64-18 record and a playoff run where they've only lost twice, swept the Eastern Conference Finals, and are on the verge of doing the same to cap its dominant campaign with 11 straight victories and an NBA title.

At Friday's shoot-around, Sam Hauser shared the message from Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown ahead of Game 4: "No mercy."

As the Celtics aim to carry out that message and bring a close to the 2023-24 NBA season, Joe Mazzulla shared they will have Kristaps Porzingis in the lineup.

However, Boston's bench boss added, "We're only gonna use him in very specific instances if necessary."

Inside The Celtics spoke with orthopedic surgeon Dr. Robert Volk, who previously served as a team physician for the Florida Panthers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, to understand how the left posterior tibialis dislocation Porzingis is dealing with might impact his performance, the risk of further injury, and whether he'll require offseason surgery.

The former All-Star, who's relishing his first chance to play not only in the NBA Finals but past the first round in the postseason, averaged 16 points, five rebounds, and 2.5 blocks in the first two tilts, helping the Celtics seize a 2-0 series lead.

Boston Celtics center Kristaps Porzingis dunks the ball vs. the Dallas Mavericks during Game 1 of the 2024 NBA Finals.
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Those performances, including serving as the spark that ignited a 22-5 run and helped Boston build a 29-point lead, a cushion that helped them earn a 107-89 victory in Game 1 against Dallas, should afford him peace of mind, knowing, despite the postseason injuries he dealt with, he helped raise Banner 18 to the TD Garden rafters.

Provided the Celtics finish the job. Considering their talent and experience advantages against a Mavericks team on the ropes, it would be surprising if Boston doesn't land the knockout blow on Friday night at American Airlines Center.

And with Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown in their primes and the franchise committed to keeping the NBA's most talented top six together, perhaps it will prove the start of a dynasty.

Further Reading

Dependable Xavier Tillman Discusses Learning to 'Be a Star in Your Own Role'

Celtics Detail Keys to Perhaps Their Best Quarter This Postseason

Celtics Weather Late Storm to Move Within One Win of Banner 18

Sports Doctor Details Challenges, Risks of Kristaps Porzingis Playing in NBA Finals

Celtics React to Injury That May Sideline Kristaps Porzingis for NBA Finals

Jrue Holiday's 'Championship DNA' Rubbing Off on Celtics

Stifling Defense Moves Celtics Halfway to Banner 18

Jayson Tatum's Joy Outweighing Pressure of NBA Finals Return

Inside the Moment that Propelled Celtics to NBA Finals Game 1 Win

Celtics Set the Tone for the NBA Finals with Game 1 Haymaker

Joe Mazzulla Eviscerates Contrived Narrative about Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown


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Bobby Krivitsky

BOBBY KRIVITSKY

Bobby Krivitsky's experiences include covering the NBA as a credentialed reporter for Basketball Insiders. He's also a national sports talk host for SportsMap Radio, a network airing on 96 radio stations throughout the country. Additionally, he was a major-market host, update anchor, and producer for IMG Audio, and he worked for Bleacher Report as an NFL and NBA columnist.