Celtics’ Kristaps Porzingis suffers left leg injury, listed as ‘questionable’ for Game 3 vs Mavericks

Published June 12, 2024, 10:53 AMPao Ambat

Kristaps Porzingis hasn’t played in Dallas in the two and a half years since the Mavericks traded him.

Kristaps Porzingis has missed 10 games so far this postseason for the Boston Celtics.

Kristaps Porzingis’ first game back in Dallas may have to wait. 

The Boston Celtics announced that the sweet-shooting big man is listed as "questionable" for Game 3 of the NBA Finals due to a “left posterior tibialis dislocation”. His status for the rest of the title series "will be determined day-to-day."


The tibialis posterior muscle is the deepest muscle of the deep posterior compartment of the lower leg, according to the US National Institutes of Health. It is a key stabilising muscle supporting the medial arch of the foot. The tendon in particular, connects the calf muscle to the bones inside of the foot and helps in giving stability, added the Saint Lukes Health System. 


The Boston Celtics are currently holding a 2-0 series lead over the Dallas Mavericks.

The Cs said the injury occurred at the 3:27 mark of the third quarter in Game 2, when Porzingis and Mavericks big man Dereck Lively II were involved in a box-out collision.


Despite his uncertain status, Porzingis remains "optimistic" about playing in Game 3, but will leave the final decision to the Celtics medical staff.

"I have to be [optimistic]. I'll do everything I have to be out there for Game 3, but (the) medical staff will make final decisions."

“Nothing is going to stop me unless I’m told I’m not to, or not allowed to play. That’s the only reason I would not be out there.”

Boston head coach Joe Mazzulla described KP’s injury as a “serious injury,” reiterating that the team wouldn’t put Porzingis in any bad situations.

“We’ve taken the decision to play out of his hands because [of] the importance of him,” Mazzulla said.

“He’s going to do everything he can to play. We’re going to leave it up to our medical team. That’s really it.”

Mazulla, however, remains clueless on the likelihood of his Latvian international player playing in Game 3

“I have no idea." 

As per NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski reports: "There's no indication he'll be ruled out and not permitted to try in Game 3."

The former All-Star is averaging 16 points, five rebounds, and 2.5 blocks in his first NBA Finals appearance, including dropping a 20-point performance in Game 1.

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Game 3 shifts to Dallas and will take place on Thursday, June 13. It will be aired 8:30 a.m. LIVE on One Sports, NBA TV Philippines, RPTV, and the Pilipinas Live app.