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Celtics coach provides update on Kristaps Porzingis after Game 2 injury scare

Kristaps Porzingis looks on

Oct 17, 2023; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Celtics center Kristaps Porzingis (8) sits on the bench during the second half against the New York Knicks at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

Boston Celtics fans on Sunday held their collective breath when Kristaps Porzingis was pulled early from Game 2 of the NBA Finals.

Porzingis suffered an injury scare midway through the fourth quarter with the Celtics up 95-83 against the Dallas Mavericks at TD Garden in Boston, Mass. Porzingis was knocked over by Mavericks forward PJ Washington as the two battled for a rebound.

Porzingis hobbled up and down the floor over the next few possessions. The Celtics star’s limp was so noticeable that ESPN announcer Doris Burke repeatedly pointed it out during the broadcast.

Porzingis was subbed out of the contest just two minutes later and did not return. While on the bench, Porzingis was seen using a resistance band to stretch out his left calf.

During his postgame press conference, Mazzulla was asked about the “level of concern” regarding Porzingis’ injury status. The 35-year-old coach gave a succinct response.

“Nah, zero. He’s good,” Mazzulla answered.

Porzingis scored 12 points to go along with 4 rebounds and 2 blocks in the Celtics’ 105-98 Game 2 win.

Porzingis returned to Boston’s lineup in the NBA Finals after having missed 10 postseason games due to a calf strain he suffered in April. the Celtics big man returned with a vengeance to help fuel a Game 1 Boston win, posting 20 points, 6 rebounds, and 3 blocks off the Celtics’ bench.

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