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Celtics: Kristaps Porzingis suffered ‘rare’ injury in Game 2 of Finals that could sideline him again

Boston Celtics star center Kristaps Porzingis suffered a “rare” injury in Game 2 of the NBA Finals that could sideline him again, the team announced Tuesday.

Porzingis suffered a torn medial retinaculum, allowing dislocation of the posterior tibialis tendon in his left leg, in the third quarter of Boston’s 105-98 win over the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday night, Coach Joe Mazzulla confirmed during an afternoon news conference.

“After consultation with numerous specialists regarding this rare injury, his availability for upcoming games will be determined day-to-day,” a statement issued by the Celtics read.

Mazzulla added, “He’s doing anything and everything he can to be ready for the game tomorrow. It’s a serious injury...We’ve taken the decision to play out of his hands because of the importance of him.”

Boston Celtics center Kristaps Porzingis (8) waits to drive against Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic during Game 1 of the NBA Finals basketball series, Thursday, June 6, 2024, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
Boston Celtics center Kristaps Porzingis (8) waits to drive against Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic during Game 1 of the NBA Finals basketball series, Thursday, June 6, 2024, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - JUNE 09: Kristaps Porzingis #8 of the Boston Celtics looks on during the first quarter against the Dallas Mavericks in Game Two of the 2024 NBA Finals at TD Garden on June 09, 2024 in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - JUNE 06: Kristaps Porzingis #8 of the Boston Celtics reacts during the first quarter against the Dallas Mavericks in Game One of the 2024 NBA Finals at TD Garden on June 06, 2024 in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
Boston Celtics' Derrick White (9), Kristaps Porzingis (8) and Jayson Tatum (0) block a shot by Dallas Mavericks' Derrick Jones Jr. (55) during the second half of Game 1 of basketball's NBA Finals on Thursday, June 6, 2024, in Boston.(AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
Boston Celtics' Derrick White (9), Kristaps Porzingis (8) and Jayson Tatum (0) block a shot by Dallas Mavericks' Derrick Jones Jr. (55) during the second half of Game 1 of basketball's NBA Finals on Thursday, June 6, 2024, in Boston.(AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
Boston Celtics center Kristaps Porzingis (8) shoots over Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (77) during the second half of Game 1 of basketball's NBA Finals on Thursday, June 6, 2024, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
Boston Celtics center Kristaps Porzingis (8) shoots over Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (77) during the second half of Game 1 of basketball's NBA Finals on Thursday, June 6, 2024, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
Boston Celtics center Kristaps Porzingis, right, blocks a shot by Dallas Mavericks forward Derrick Jones Jr. during the second half of Game 1 of basketball's NBA Finals on Thursday, June 6, 2024, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
Boston Celtics center Kristaps Porzingis, right, blocks a shot by Dallas Mavericks forward Derrick Jones Jr. during the second half of Game 1 of basketball's NBA Finals on Thursday, June 6, 2024, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
Boston Celtics' Kristaps Porzingis (8) blocks a shot by Dallas Mavericks' Maxi Kleber (42) during the first half of Game 1 of basketball's NBA Finals on Thursday, June 6, 2024, in Boston.(AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
Boston Celtics' Kristaps Porzingis (8) blocks a shot by Dallas Mavericks' Maxi Kleber (42) during the first half of Game 1 of basketball's NBA Finals on Thursday, June 6, 2024, in Boston.(AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
Boston Celtics center Kristaps Porzingis, center, celebrates with fans after the Celtics defeated the Dallas Mavericks in Game 1 of basketball's NBA Finals on Thursday, June 6, 2024, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
Boston Celtics center Kristaps Porzingis, center, celebrates with fans after the Celtics defeated the Dallas Mavericks in Game 1 of basketball's NBA Finals on Thursday, June 6, 2024, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
Dallas Mavericks guard Kyrie Irving, right, drives toward the basket as Boston Celtics center Kristaps Porzingis, left, and guard Jaylen Brown, center, defend during the second half of Game 1 of the NBA Basketball Finals, Thursday, June 6, 2024, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
Dallas Mavericks guard Kyrie Irving, right, drives toward the basket as Boston Celtics center Kristaps Porzingis, left, and guard Jaylen Brown, center, defend during the second half of Game 1 of the NBA Basketball Finals, Thursday, June 6, 2024, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - JUNE 06: Derrick Jones Jr. #55 of the Dallas Mavericks shoots the ball against Kristaps Porzingis #8 of the Boston Celtics during the fourth quarter in Game One of the 2024 NBA Finals at TD Garden on June 06, 2024 in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
Boston Celtics center Kristaps Porzingis (8) celebrates a 3-pointer, near Dallas Mavericks center Daniel Gafford (21) during the first half of Game 1 of basketball's NBA Finals on Thursday, June 6, 2024, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
Boston Celtics center Kristaps Porzingis (8) celebrates a 3-pointer, near Dallas Mavericks center Daniel Gafford (21) during the first half of Game 1 of basketball's NBA Finals on Thursday, June 6, 2024, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
Boston Celtics center Kristaps Porzingis dunks next to Dallas Mavericks center Dereck Lively II, foreground, during the first half of Game 1 of basketball's NBA Finals on Thursday, June 6, 2024, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
Boston Celtics center Kristaps Porzingis dunks next to Dallas Mavericks center Dereck Lively II, foreground, during the first half of Game 1 of basketball's NBA Finals on Thursday, June 6, 2024, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
Boston Celtics center Kristaps Porzingis heads to the court while wearing a warmup shirt honoring basketball great Bill Walton before Game 1 of the basketball team's NBA Finals against the Dallas Mavericks, Thursday, June 6, 2024, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
Boston Celtics center Kristaps Porzingis heads to the court while wearing a warmup shirt honoring basketball great Bill Walton before Game 1 of the basketball team's NBA Finals against the Dallas Mavericks, Thursday, June 6, 2024, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
Indianapolis, IN - May 27: Boston Celtics center Kristaps Porzingis gives the thumbs up during a timeout in the first quarter of Game 4 of the 2024 Eastern Conference Finals. (Photo by Barry Chin/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
Indianapolis, IN - May 27: Boston Celtics center Kristaps Porzingis gives the thumbs up during a timeout in the first quarter of Game 4 of the 2024 Eastern Conference Finals. (Photo by Barry Chin/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - MARCH 03: Kristaps Porzingis #8 of the Boston Celtics laughs with Oshae Brissett #12 during the first quarter against the Golden State Warriors at TD Garden on March 03, 2024 in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
Apr 5, 2024; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Celtics center Kristaps Porzingis (8) warms up before a game against the Sacramento Kings at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Eric Canha-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 5, 2024; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Celtics center Kristaps Porzingis (8) warms up before a game against the Sacramento Kings at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Eric Canha-USA TODAY Sports
Cleveland, OH - May 11: Boston Celtics center Kristaps Porzingis throws the ball back onto the court from the bench in the first half. (Photo by Danielle Parhizkaran/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
Cleveland, OH - May 11: Boston Celtics center Kristaps Porzingis throws the ball back onto the court from the bench in the first half. (Photo by Danielle Parhizkaran/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
MIAMI, FLORIDA - APRIL 29: Kristaps Porzingis #8 of the Boston Celtics leaves the game against the Miami Heat during the second quarter after suffering an apparent injury in game four of the Eastern Conference First Round Playoffs at Kaseya Center on April 29, 2024 in Miami, Florida.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Megan Briggs/Getty Images)
Boston Celtics center Kristaps Porzingis (8) during Game 2 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Wednesday, April 24, 2024, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
Boston Celtics center Kristaps Porzingis (8) during Game 2 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Wednesday, April 24, 2024, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

When asked after Game 2 how difficult it was to play through the injury, Porzingis told the media, “Not difficult at all...I’ll die out there if we need.”

The posterior tibialis tendon is a strong cord of tissue that connects the calf muscle to the bones in the arch of the foot.

Porzingis returned to the lineup in time for Game 1 of the Finals after being sidelined since leaving a game in Boston’s opening-round playoff series against the Miami Heat with a calf injury.

In Game 1, Porzingis provided a major scoring punch — 20 points in 21 minutes of action — that jumpstarted the Celtics’ blowout win over Dallas.

The Celtics are now looking to take a 3-0 series lead with a win on Wednesday night in Dallas.

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