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Joe Mazzulla Announces Kristaps Porzingis’ Status For Game 5

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The Boston Celtics will have another chance to clinch a record 18th NBA championship on Monday evening when they host the Dallas Mavericks in Game 5 of the NBA Finals.

One subplot lately for Boston has been the injury status of starting center Kristaps Porzingis, who suffered a calf strain in the first round of the playoffs and didn’t return until Game 1 of this series.

Then, prior to Game 3, it was announced that he had suffered a new leg injury, and as a result, he missed Game 3 and Game 4.

Porzingis is available for Game 5, and according to Celtics head coach Joe Mazzulla, he will not be on a minutes restriction, per ESPN.

Breaking: Joe Mazzulla says there won't be a minutes restriction for Kristaps Porzingis in Game 5.

— ESPN (@espn) June 17, 2024

Porzingis was one of two major additions the Celtics made last summer, with the other being point guard Jrue Holiday.

The addition of Porzingis was a risk, as he has a well-documented history of significant injuries, but when he’s healthy, he’s an All-Star caliber center.

His ability to be a legitimate scoring threat, stretch the floor with his 3-point shooting and protect the rim as a shot-blocker has enhanced a Celtics team that was already a championship contender.

However, if for some reason he’s unable to remain on the court in Game 5, it would be a negative for Boston while giving the Mavs an opening to make this series interesting.

Without him, Boston has gone with Al Horford at the 5, and while Horford is a capable complementary player, he is 38 years of age, and their frontcourt depth behind him is iffy.

If they don’t clinch the world title on Monday, there will be some considerable anxiety about whether they will do so in Game 6 or even in Game 7.

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