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Celtics Give Fans Notable Kristaps Porzingis Update

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The Boston Celtics will be going for their 18th NBA championship when they open the NBA Finals at home against the Dallas Mavericks on Thursday.

While they seem to be strong favorites, nothing will be easy for them, and they do have at least one minor concern.

One of those concerns has been the status of center Kristaps Porzingis, who has been out since the first round of the playoffs with a strained calf.

His status for Game 1 of the Finals had been up in the air, but the Celtics announced on their official Twitter account that he’s good to go.

He’s baaaaaaaaaaaack 🦄 pic.twitter.com/oQ1551rHWf

— Boston Celtics (@celtics) June 5, 2024

Porzingis is arguably their third-best player, and he was a big reason they won a league-high 64 games in the regular season.

He averaged 20.1 points and 7.2 rebounds a game, and he provided Boston with plenty of shot-blocking and rim protection this season after arriving in a three-team trade last summer.

Calf strains are nothing to play around with — in 2019, Kevin Durant strained his calf in the second round of the playoffs, and when he returned for Game 5 of the NBA Finals, he promptly tore his Achilles.

Perhaps the Celtics are taking a risk here, but when the world championship is at stake, there are risks that need to be taken.

Without Porzingis, they would have their hands full keeping Dereck Lively II, Daniel Gafford, and P.J. Washington off the boards.

Other than 38-year-old Al Horford, the Celtics are thin up front, so it is very important for Porzingis to remain available throughout the championship series and play well.

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