Kristaps Porzingis Participation in Jan. 22 Celtics-Mavericks Game

Boston Celtics center Kristaps Porzingis will not be playing in the team’s upcoming game against the Dallas Mavericks due to right knee inflammation. This will be his 12th game missed this season.
‣ Despite his injury, Porzingis has had a strong season, averaging 19.5 points, 6.8 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.9 blocks, and 30 minutes per game. He has also achieved a career-best shooting average of 52.5% from the floor and 35% beyond the arc.
‣ The Celtics are currently performing well, with a record of 5-1 in their past six games against Western Conference opponents and six straight wins against Southwest Division teams. However, they have a less favorable record of 2-4 in their last six meetings with Dallas.

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Kristaps Porzingis, the center for Boston Celtics, is out. He’s got right knee inflammation and won’t be playing in Monday night’s road game against the Dallas Mavericks. The team made the announcement.

This is the 12th game he’s missed this season. At 28, Porzingis is the only Celtics player on the injury report. Jrue Holiday, however, is back in the game. He had a right elbow sprain but was upgraded to available just hours ago.

Porzingis has had 32 starts this season. He’s been averaging 19.5 points, 6.8 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.9 blocks, and 30 minutes per game. He’s also been shooting a career-best 52.5% from the floor and 35% beyond the arc.

In the Celtics’ 128-122 win over the Detroit Pistons on Dec. 28, Porzingis shined. He recorded a season-high 35 points, eight rebounds, one assist, and one steal in 36 minutes of action. The 7-foot-2 big man also shot 13-of-21 (61.9%) from the field and drained three 3-pointers.

Porzingis also had a good game against the Houston Rockets. He scored 32 points in the Celtics’ 116-107 victory. The team improved to 33-10 and bounced back from their first home loss of the season against the Denver Nuggets.

Porzingis said, “Each night, it can be a different guy who has a good game. We have that trust in each other that we’re willing to sacrifice to get a guy the ball if he’s having a good night, and tonight was my night. We just took advantage of the mismatches.”

In Houston, the eight-year veteran shot 11-of-21 (52.4%) from the floor and 6-of-11 (54.5%) from 3-point range. Boston played without Al Horford (rest) and Holiday (right elbow sprain). Celtics Coach Joe Mazzulla praised Porzingis’ performance, saying, “Teams are switching on and off ball and pressuring us, so the ability to play in the post is something we have to continue to develop for the long-term success of this team. I thought he was great, and he stepped up tonight and played a great game.”

Looking at the Celtics’ track record, they are 2-4 in their last six meetings with Dallas. However, they’ve been doing well against Western Conference opponents, with a 5-1 record in their past six games. They’ve also won six straight matchups with Southwest Division teams.

The Mavericks, on the other hand, are 4-1 in their previous five games played as the underdog. The point total has gone under in five of Dallas’ last seven meetings with Boston. They are 6-4 in their past 10 contests.

For Dallas’ injury report, guards Seth Curry (ankle) and Dante Exum (heel) have been downgraded to out for this game. Kyrie Irving (hip) and Josh Green (illness) are probable. According to ESPN’s Basketball Power Index, Boston has a 59.8% chance of defeating the Mavs. The Celtics are also shown as 3-point favorites at Dallas by NBA sportsbooks.

James Shotwell
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