Celtics hope to get Porzingis back this week

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Sources: Celtics hope to get Porzingis back this week

Porzingis was unable to face the Pacers this Monday in the quarterfinals of the tournament due to a strained calf.

There is hope that the Boston Celtics will get center Kristaps Porzingis back on the floor later this week, Sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Porzingis will miss his fourth straight game with a right calf strain on Monday when Boston takes on the Indiana Pacers in the quarterfinals of the Season Tournament. There have been no setbacks in his recovery so far, which could pave the way for Porzingis to return as early as Thursday if Boston advances to the semifinals.

While the Celtics went through a shootaround on Monday morning, Porzingis underwent what appeared to be a rigorous workout on a stationary bike.

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Porzingis averaged 18.9 points and 6.7 rebounds in his first season with the Celtics., who he acquired in a three-way trade with the Washington Wizards and Memphis Grizzlies last June. In 191 minutes in 11 games this season, Boston’s starting lineup of Jrue Holiday, Derrick White, Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown and Porzingis are outscoring opponents by 27 points per 100 possessionsbetter than any five-man group that has played at least 75 minutes this season.

Meanwhile, Indiana l is waitingConfirmation that star Tyrese Haliburton will play on Monday night. Haliburton was absent from Saturday’s win against the Miami Heat due to an upper respiratory infection and a bone bruise in his knee. He is questionable for the Celtics game due to an infection, but the bruise is no longer listed on the injury report.

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