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Celtics’ Kristaps Porzingis suffered a “rare” injury in Game 2 against the Mavericks

By meerna Jun12,2024

On Tuesday, it was reported that Kristaps Porzingis, a great player for the Boston Celtics, suffered another injury, this time due to a tear in the medial retinaculum, which resulted in a dislocation of the tibialis posterior tendon.

The Celtics described it as a “rare injury” that will keep Porzingis sidelined overnight just one day before Game 3 of the NBA Finals. The Dallas Mavericks are currently down 2-0 in the Finals against the Celtics, who have benefited from the spark Porzingis provided off the bench.

“After consulting with multiple specialists regarding this rare injury, his availability for upcoming matches will be determined daily,” the team said.

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Medical expert Brian Sutterer, who deals with serious sports injuries, describes the medial retinaculum as “a safety belt that holds the tendons in place as they run around the inside of the talus. There are three tendons running along the inside of your ankle: and this seat belt holds them in place. The tibialis posterior tendon is one of these tendons.

Before the Finals, Porzingis missed 10 straight games with a right calf strain, a completely unrelated injury. That doesn’t stop the Celtics big man from trying to get onto the court in Game 3.

“He’s doing everything he can to be ready for tomorrow’s game,” Celtics head coach Joe Mazzulla said Tuesday. “It’s a serious injury.”

Once again, Porzingis – a former Maverick himself – entered the Finals with an injury. Due to a previous injury, the 6-foot-4 player came off the bench and was replaced by Al Horford. In the first two contests, he averaged 16 points, five rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game in 22 minutes per game.

Porzingis had several key moments on both sides of the ball, making it a nightmare on the court for the Mavericks.

The third match is also crucial. Thanks to the victory, the Celtics have a chance to reach 18th place in the table. However, if the Mavericks win, the series is open as the team will need to play a second game in Dallas to try to even the series.

Whether Porzingis is available or not matters in the context of the NBA Finals.

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