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Porzingis to miss Game 3 of NBA Finals as Mavs head into series 0-2

The 28-year-old Porzingis had missed 10 consecutive playoff games because of a right calf strain before returning for the start of the NBA Finals

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Kristaps Porzingis will not play for the Boston Celtics in Game 3 of the NBA Finals on Wednesday night because of a rare tendon injury in his lower left leg suffered in the previous game.

The Celtics announced about two hours before tipoff that Porzingis was out for the game against the Dallas Mavericks.

The 28-year-old Porzingis had missed 10 consecutive playoff games because of a right calf strain before returning for the start of the NBA Finals, and helped the Celtics take a 2-0 series lead against his former team. He jump-started the Celtics with 11 points and two blocks in the first quarter of their Game 1 win, then had 12 points in the game in which he got hurt.

Porzingis has said he felt something after bumping knees Sunday night with Dallas center Dereck Lively II but kept playing. He left the game in the final minute of the third quarter and played only about 3 1/2 minutes in the fourth.

The 7-foot-2 Latvian center has a tear in the tissue that holds tendons in place. The Celtics said it was unrelated to the calf strain he sustained in Game 4 of the first round against Miami on April 29.

After the team announced the injury Tuesday, Porzingis said he was going through constant treatment and doing whatever the medical staff told him. He said he would do whatever he could to play, but acknowledged that he “can’t trick them into allowing me to play."

Coach Joe Mazzulla had insisted then that the team was taking that decision out of Porzingis' hands.

With Porzingis being out for Game 3, he still hasn't played a game in Dallas since being traded by the Mavericks nearly 2 1/2 years ago.

The 28-year-old Porzingis was the fourth overall pick by the New York Knicks in 2015, and was an All-Star before a torn ACL forced him to miss all of 2018-19. They traded him to Dallas in January 2019, a deal involving seven players and two first-round draft picks. Dallas traded Porzingis to Washington on Feb. 10, 2022, and the Wizards sent him to Boston in a three-team trade last summer.

When the Wizards played at Dallas in January 2023, Porzingis was inactive after playing in 12 of their previous 13 games. He also didn’t play for the Celtics this past January, when they visited American Airlines Center the night after he had 32 points, six rebounds and five blocked shots in Houston.

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