Kristaps Porzingis to Play NBA Finals Despite Injury

One of the biggest questions about the upcoming NBA Finals is whether Kristaps Porzingis will play.

Porzingis has been out for five weeks due to a right calf strain he got in Game 4 against the Heat. The Celtics hope he can return for Game 1 against Dallas this Thursday.

Porzingis’ Recovery Status:

On Tuesday, Porzingis mentioned that “the plan” is to be ready for their first game in Massachusetts. However, he’s not entirely sure how his leg will handle the intense game.

“That is the plan right now,” said Porzingis. “Every day gives me a bit more time to get even better.”

Team Adjustments and Depth:

During his absence, Al Horford has stepped up in the starting lineup. Still, Boston wants as much depth as possible for this series. Last Friday, Porzingis participated partially in practice but fully joined a light session on Saturday morning.

His return is significant because he played three years with Dallas before being traded in 2022. The media has closely watched his recovery, wondering if he’ll be at full strength.

“Good question,” he responded with a smile when asked if he’s fully healed. “I don’t know. We’ll see.”

When asked about running without pain, he hesitated before simply saying, “Yes.”

Uncertainty and Medical Clearance:

In his latest interview, it was clear that Porzingis was hesitant to claim he’s totally healed. He said Boston’s medical staff cleared him to play but hopes his leg can handle the Finals’ intensity.

“I think the medical staff would not put me out there if they weren’t confident I’d be good,” Porzingis shared. “Of course, it’s hard to imitate game intensity in practice.”

Coach’s Perspective:

Coach Joe Mazzulla dismissed concerns about Porzingis losing rhythm due to his time off.

“He’s been playing basketball for like 30 years,” Mazzulla assured. “He’s used to intense situations; I don’t think that will be an issue.”

Honestly, I can’t wait to see how this unfolds!

James Shotwell
James Shotwell
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