Kristaps Porzingis of Celtics to Miss NBA In-Season Tournament Quarterfinals Due to Calf Injury

Boston Celtics center Kristaps Porzingis is out due to a left calf strain for the NBA In-Season Tournament quarterfinals matchup with the Indiana Pacers.
‣ Despite Porzingis’ injury, the Boston Celtics remain the odds-on favorites to win this season’s championship and the league’s inaugural in-season tournament.
‣ Porzingis, who has missed Boston’s past three games, is averaging 18.9 points, 6.7 rebounds, 1.9 assists, and 30.3 minutes per game this season.

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Kristaps Porzingis, Boston Celtics center, won’t be playing in tonight’s NBA In-Season Tournament quarterfinals. He’s out due to a left calf strain. The Celtics are up against the Indiana Pacers.

Porzingis, who’s 28, got injured on Nov. 24. The injury occurred during a game against the Orlando Magic, which the Celtics lost. Since then, he’s been absent from three games.

Celtics coach, Joe Mazzulla, gave an update last Sunday. He mentioned that the eight-year veteran would be assessed again “after a week or so.”

According to various NBA betting sites, the Celtics are still the favorites to win this season’s championship. They’re also the top favorite to win the league’s inaugural in-season tournament.

The Celtics tweeted an injury report. It confirmed that Porzingis (left calf strain) is out for the next game at Indiana.

After the Celtics’ 125-119 win over the Philadelphia 76ers last Friday, Mazzulla was asked about Porzingis’ status. He said, “He didn’t practice yesterday.” He added that Porzingis did get on the court before practice, and his status hasn’t been updated for the next game. Mazzulla explained, “He feels better than he did before. We’ll continue to take it day-by-day and see how he feels.”

In this season, Porzingis has started 15 times. He’s averaging 18.9 points, 6.7 rebounds, 1.9 assists, and 30.3 minutes per game. He’s also shooting a career-best 54.7% from the field, 32.4% beyond the arc, and 80% at the foul line.

During the Celtics’ 108-104 season-opener win over the New York Knicks on Oct. 25, Porzingis scored a season-high 30 points. The 7-foot-2 big man also recorded eight rebounds and four blocks in 38 minutes of action.

The 2018 All-Star ranks 12th in true shooting (66.3%) this season. He’s also 18th in free throws (354), 17th in player efficiency rating (23.1), 19th in offensive win shares (1.4), and sixth in defensive rating (106.6).

Meanwhile, the Pacers’ Obi Toppin (ankle) and Tyrese Haliburton (knee) are questionable for tonight’s game. Forward Jalen Smith (heel) is also out indefinitely. NBA sportsbooks have the Celtics as a 5-point favorite on the road against Indiana.

The Pacers and Celtics both won their groups. Now they represent the East’s Nos. 2 and 3 seeds. The winner of Monday’s tournament game will advance to the semifinals in Las Vegas.

James Shotwell
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