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Boston Celtics’ Kristaps Porzingis expected to return for Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday: Report

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June 04, 2024

Boston Celtics star Kristaps Porzingis is reportedly set to return for Game 1 of the NBA Finals vs. the Dallas Mavericks on Thursday night, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania.

Porzingis has not played since April 29, after suffering a non-contact calf injury during Game 4 of the first round against the Miami Heat. During that span, the Celtics finished off the Heat 4-1 before defeating the Cleveland Cavaliers 4-1, and sweeping the Indiana Pacers to win the Eastern Conference Finals.

Per Charania, Porzingis successfully participated in multiple scrimmages in the past few days, indicating that he is healthy enough to return to the court.

Porzingis confirmed Tuesday that he was planning to play in Game 1, according to The Athletic’s Jay King. When asked if he was back to top form, Porzingis said that he was unsure: “Good question. I don’t know. We’ll see,” he said.

Despite hoping to return last week, Porzingis was eventually ruled out for Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals on May 27. Prior to that game, Porzingis had been “accelerating his on-court ramp up” in order to make his return. It is unclear what caused the delay in Porzingis’s return.

The 7’2″ forward, who has averaged 20.1 points and 7.2 rebounds this season, has missed 10 total games with the injury.

Although the Celtics done well in the postseason without him, Porzingis will be an added boost as they face the Mavericks, and continue the push for Boston’s first NBA title in 15 years.

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