Is Kristaps Porzingis playing tonight? Celtics center battling ‘serious’ leg injury ahead of NBA Finals Game 3

Kristaps Porzingis’ status for the remainder of the NBA Finals is up in the air.

After sitting for 38 days with a right calf injury, Porzingis returned to the floor when the Finals got underway, making an immediate impact by scoring 20 points in Game 1 and again making his presence felt on both ends in the first half of Game 2. In the second half of Game 2, however, Porzingis went down with an injury that caused concern.

In the lead-up to Game 3, the Celtics shed more light on Porzingis’ injury, which head coach Joe Mazzulla described as “serious.” With Boston holding a 2-0 series lead, will Porzingis suit up for Game 3 in Dallas?

Here is the latest on Porzingis’ status for Wednesday’s game.

MORE: The latest on Kristaps Porzingis’ ‘rare’ leg injury

Is Kristaps Porzingis playing tonight?

Porzingis’ status for Wednesday’s Game 3 is uncertain. On Tuesday, the Celtics announced that Porzingis would be day-to-day after suffering a torn medial retinaculum allowing dislocation of the posterior tibialis tendon in his left leg.

Mazzulla told reporters Boston’s medical team will make the final decision on Porzingis’ availability, adding that Porzingis “is doing anything and everything he can to be able to play.”

Porzingis sang a similar tune, saying “nothing is going to stop me unless I’m told I’m not allowed to play” when asked about his status.

Through two games in the NBA Finals, Porzingis is averaging 16.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.5 blocks while seeing 21.9 minutes per game off the bench. His offensive bursts and defensive presence have been a major difference-maker for Boston.

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What time is Mavericks vs. Celtics today?

  • Date: Wednesday, June 12
  • Time: 8:30 p.m. ET

Mavericks vs. Celtics will tip off around 8:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday, June 12. The game will be played at the American Airlines Center in Dallas.

What channel is Mavericks vs. Celtics?

  • Date: Wednesday, June 12
  • TV channel: ABC (U.S.) | TSN 1/3/4/5 (Canada)
  • Live stream: Sling

Mavericks vs. Celtics will air on ABC in the United States and TSN in Canada. U.S. viewers can also stream the game on Sling.

Sling is the home for sports fans, offering various channels. You can always cheer for your favorite teams on channels like ESPN, TBS, TNT, NFL Network, FS1 and more.

NBA Finals schedule 2024

Games 3, 4 and 6 are scheduled to be played at the American Airlines Center in Dallas. If necessary, the series will shift back to TD Garden for Games 5 and 7.

(1) Celtics vs. (5) Mavericks — Boston leads series 2-0

Date Game Time (ET) TV/Live stream
June 6 Celtics 107, Mavericks 89
June 9 Celtics 105, Mavericks 98
June 12 Game 3 8:30 p.m. ABC, Sling
June 14 Game 4 8:30 p.m. ABC, Sling
June 17 Game 5* 8:30 p.m. ABC, Sling
June 20 Game 6* 8:30 p.m. ABC, Sling
June 23 Game 7* 8 p.m. ABC, Sling

*If necessary


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