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Celtics’ Kristaps Porzing is available for Game 5 of the NBA Finals

Celtics’ Kristaps Porzing is available for Game 5 of the NBA Finals

Celtics’ Kristaps Porzing is available for Game 5 of the NBA Finals

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The Boston Celtics made Kristaps Porzingis available for the second straight game on Monday night as they try to close out the NBA Finals against the Dallas Mavericks.

Porzingis, who suffered a left leg injury in Game 2 of the championship series, underwent pregame practice Monday before coach Joe Mazzulla told reporters he “expected” to see Porzingis play during Game 5.

Porzingis, 28, missed Games 3 and 4 with the injury, officially called a torn medial retinaculum, which allowed dislocation of the posterior tibialis tendon.

He was set to return for Game 4, with Mazzulla saying the Celtics would only use him in “specific cases.” But he remained sidelined as the Mavericks romped to a 122-84 loss to the Celtics and cut their series deficit to 3-1.

The Celtics have another chance to win the title on Monday evening in Boston.

The 7-foot-3 center also missed Boston’s 10 games leading up to the finals due to a calf injury, but he returned for Games 1 and 2 against Dallas. The new injury is not related to the calf strain.

In the first two games of the finals, Porzingis averaged 16.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.5 blocks. He played 21 minutes in Game 1 and 23 minutes in Game 2, coming off the bench both times.

Porzingis averaged 20.1 points, 7.2 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.9 blocks over 57 games (all starts) during the regular season. Boston acquired the big man in a trade with the Washington Wizards last offseason.

Porzingis also played for the Mavericks from 2019 to 2022.

– Media at field level