Is Kristaps Porzingis playing tonight against Dallas Mavericks? Latest update on Celtics center's availability for Game 3 (June 12)

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Is Kristaps Porzingis playing tonight against Dallas Mavericks? Latest update

Kristaps Porzingis is uncertain to play in Game 3 of the 2024 NBA Finals on Wednesday. His return after 30+ days and 10 playoff games may have ended with another significant injury setback. Porzingis suffered a "rare" injury to his left leg. It could be a massive blow for the Celtics, as they were thriving with Porzingis on the court.

Porzingis' versatility on both ends made him a vital cog in Boston, going up 2-0. A potential injury absence gives the Mavericks some leeway to bounce back in this series.

What happened to Kristaps Porzingis?

According to the official injury update from the Celtics, Porzingis suffered a torn medial retinaculum that dislocated his posterior tibialis tendon in the third quarter of Game 2. Porzingis remains day-to-day and is questionable to play Game 3.

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However, Porzingis could be shut down indefinitely. He needs surgery to recover from the injury and is no longer in control of his option to play. The Celtics doctors and medical staff will make the call on his availability.

Even if he suits up, the star center won't be as explosive or dynamic as he's been across the two games.

Kristaps Porzingis 2024 NBA Finals Stats vs. Dallas Mavericks

Kristaps Porzingis has averaged 16.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.5 blocks in the opening two games of the 2024 NBA Finals. He's shot 60.0%, including 28.6% from 3.

Porzingis' three-level scoring and rim protection have elevated the Celtics against the Mavericks. His ability to guard bigger wings on the perimeter helped Boston's defense prevent Dallas' offense from producing the goods.

He was the key difference-maker in Game 1, bagging 20 points, six rebounds and three blocks on 62/50/100 splits, producing a superb first-quarter stretch on both ends that laid the foundation for the Celtics' blowout win. Porzingis continued his solid run in Game 2 before the injury in the third quarter slowed him down.

He had 12 points, four rebounds and two blocks on 4 of 7 shots in 23 minutes.

Where to watch Game 3 of the 2024 NBA Finals?

ABC will broadcast Game 3 of the 2024 NBA Finals between the Celtics and Mavericks at American Airlines Center. NBC Sports Boston and Bally Sports Southwest will provide coverage in local areas.

SlingTV, Hulu+Live TV and Fubo TV will be the online streaming options in the US. Fans outside the country can watch the game online via NBA League Pass.

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Edited by Arhaan Raje
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