Boston’s Porzingis Faces Rare Tendon Injury, Questionable for Game 3

It’s been nearly two and a half years since Kristaps Porzingis last played in Dallas for an NBA game.

Despite initial hopes that his injury wasn’t serious, tests on Tuesday revealed a rare tendon issue in his lower left leg. Coach Joe Mazzulla initially downplayed the severity, but now it’s uncertain if Porzingis will be fit for Game 3 of the NBA Finals between the Celtics and Mavericks after getting hurt last Sunday.

Porzingis’ Determination

Porzingis is determined to play on Wednesday evening. He said, “I’ll do everything I can to play,” though the team advises taking it day by day. His status remains questionable for Game 3.

When asked about his injury specifics, Porzingis admitted he didn’t know much. “That’s something I’ll leave in the medical staff’s hands,” he said. “Nothing is going to stop me unless I’m told not to play.”

Coach’s Perspective

Coach Joe Mazzulla echoed this sentiment, saying they’ve taken the decision out of Porzingis’ hands due to his importance. “He’s going to do everything he can to play,” Joe stated, “but we’re leaving it up to our medical team.”

In Game 1 of the Finals, which was also his first career game beyond the first round, Porzingis made a strong return with 11 points and two blocks in just the first quarter alone. He finished that game with 20 points, three blocks, and six rebounds.

“Tonight was affirmation to myself that I’m pretty good,” Porzingis shared after his comeback performance. “I’m not perfect but I can play like this and add value to this team.”

Team Reactions

His return has been crucial for Boston’s championship hopes. The Celtics showed their depth during playoffs without him; Al Horford stepped up significantly during Kristaps’ absence.

Jaylen Brown recalled a key moment from Game 1: “Was it the first or second quarter? He hit a three-pointer, then another shot, ran back for a block—it was clear he was back.”

In Game 2, Porzingis scored 12 points in just 23 minutes of action. Jayson Tatum praised him: “We’re just so much better when we have him—a true unicorn at 7-4.” Tatum added that while they’ve found ways to win without him before, they’re undoubtedly stronger with him on court.

I think it’s amazing how much difference one player can make!

James Shotwell
James Shotwell
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