Kristaps Porzingis’ injury update after leaving Game 2 of NBA Finals, “I will die out there”
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Kristaps Porzingis’ injury update after leaving Game 2 of NBA Finals, “I will die out there”

It sounds like Boston Celtics center Kristaps Porzingis has avoided another serious injury.

Porzingis appeared to tweak his leg after bumping into Dallas’ P.J. Washington on a driving layup by the Mavs power forward in the fourth quarter of Game 2 of the NBA Finals Sunday night. He was clearly limping after the play, but remained in the game for a few minutes and gingerly made it up and down the floor before leaving the game with 4:40 left. The Celtics went on to win, 105-98, and take a 2-0 series lead.

Porzingis has already missed nearly six weeks of the playoffs with a right calf strain. But during his postgame press conference, Celtics head coach Joe Mazzulla said that he had “zero concern” that Porzingis had reaggravated the injury.

“He’s good,” Mazzulla added during his chat with reporters.

Porzingis also had a promising update.

“I feel good. Feeling good. I don’t think it’s anything serious,” he said. “But we’ll look at it tomorrow and go from there. But all good. I’ll be good.”

Porzingis wasn’t sure if Sunday’s issue was connected to his previous calf strain. He wasn’t even sure what injury he suffered on Sunday, but he said he’ll be good to go a number of times while talking with the media.

“Something. I don’t even know what it is, to be honest. But I’ll be good,” he said.

Porzingis has the schedule on his side, with two days off until Game 3 in Dallas on Wednesday night.

“I will die out there,” Porzingis told reporters.

Sunday night was Porzingis’ second game back after missing 11 with that calf strain. He once again came off the Boston bench, and scored 12 points on 4-for-7 shooting to go with four rebounds, two blocked shots, and an assist.