Kristaps Porzingis of the Celtics is out with a calf strain


The Boston Celtics might be without their big star for much of their playoff run this spring.

Boston ruled out Kristaps Porzingis for Game 5 against the Miami Heat on Wednesday as a result of a right soleus strain. However, the 7-foot-2 forward is predicted to be sidelined for longer than simply the Celtics' potentially pivotal first-round game.

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported Tuesday that Porzingis will miss not less than several games due to a strained soleus, a calf injury. The Celtics haven’t provided a selected timeline for when Porzingis is predicted to return to the hardwood.

Porzingis suffered the injury within the second quarter of Boston's 102-88 win over Miami in Game 4 on Monday night. The 28-year-old center appeared to have suffered an injury in the ultimate minutes of the primary half while attempting to pass the ball to Jaylen Brown. Porzingis limped immediately after the play and signaled to the bench to be faraway from the sport with 2:27 left within the quarter.

Porzingis surrendered after Boston's win on the Kaseya Center Although a soleus strain won't put an early end to his quest for a title with Boston, Porzingis is predicted to be in contention for the Celtics' next playoff games.

The soleus strain is identical injury that has sidelined Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo up to now this postseason, as the previous MVP has been sidelined since April 9.

While Boston should still have the talent to keep up its pursuit of Banner 18 not less than in the subsequent round of the postseason, Porzingis' size, spacing and scoring ability each within the post and beyond the arc might be needed because the postseason lasts until the tip May and June.

“Probably the most important guy on our team for what we're trying to accomplish,” Jayson Tatum told reporters of Porzingis after Boston's Game 3 win at Miami. “I have no doubt that he would have a better game and bounce back, just like he was active on both ends of the floor at the start of the game. When he’s protecting the rim and throwing shots, we’re a whole different team.”

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