Kristaps Porzingis Set to Return from Calf Injury Against Knicks on Friday

Boston Celtics center Kristaps Porzingis is expected to return for the upcoming game against the New York Knicks, after recovering from a left calf strain.
‣ The Celtics remain the No. 1 favorites to win this season’s championship according to several NBA betting sites, with the Milwaukee Bucks and Denver Nuggets also showing strong odds.
‣ Despite suffering a calf injury, Porzingis has had a strong season, averaging 18.9 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 1.9 assists per game, and shooting a career-best 54.7% from the field.

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Kristaps Porzingis, the Boston Celtics center, is nursing a left calf strain. He’s expected to make a comeback in Friday’s home game against the New York Knicks. The 2018 All-Star dropped a hint on Instagram, writing, “I will be lined up for the next game.”

The Celtics starters have had a significant amount of playtime together. They clocked 133 minutes over Boston’s first 10 games, with a +112 in that span. However, they’ve only managed 58 minutes in the last three appearances, as reported by Chris Forsberg of NBC Sports Boston.

The Boston Celtics are currently the darling of NBA betting sites. They’re tipped as the No. 1 favorites to clinch this season’s championship. The Milwaukee Bucks and Denver Nuggets, however, are still getting decent odds at the sportsbooks.

Porzingis, now 28, suffered his calf injury on Nov. 24 during a game against the Orlando Magic. This injury has seen him miss Boston’s last four games. With the starters healthy, the Celtics have had an impressive 10-1 run this season.

Porzingis has had a decent start this season. 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.

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

Porzingis is also ranking well in other areas. He’s 12th in true shooting (66.3%) this season, 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).

The Celtics suffered a 122-112 loss to the Indiana Pacers in the NBA In-Season Tournament quarterfinals on Monday night. This dropped them to 24-2 when Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown each score at least 30 points.

Celtics coach Joe Mazzulla blamed turnovers for the loss. He lamented, “Our turnovers [led to our loss]. It’s hard to withstand 18 turnovers, 16 turnovers. When you turn the ball over, you just let them get out of transition. … I just thought we lost on our offensive purpose. We didn’t take care of the ball.”

The Pacers have been on a roll, going 4-0 in group play. They’re now set to face the Bucks in the inaugural tourney’s semifinal round Thursday in Las Vegas. The game will be broadcast live on ESPN at 5 p.m. ET. In their first meeting on Nov. 9, the Pacers emerged victorious with a 126-124 win.

James Shotwell
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