Celtics holding breath after Porzingis exits Game 4 early

Boston Celtics center Kristaps Porzingis (8) during Game 2 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Wednesday, April 24, 2024, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Kristaps Porzingis pulled up with a calf injury against the Miami Heat on Monday and limped to the locker room.

The injury took place late in the second quarter with Boston leading, 47-31. Porzingis took a pass from Jaylen Brown in a halfcourt set, then lost control of the ball while pulling up in apparent pain. He immediately raised his hand to be taken out of the game and started to limp.

The Celtics listed him as doubtful at halftime with right calf tightness.

Porzingis appeared to tweak something two possessions prior. He came up limping in transition after a Celtics miss.

He remained in the game only to leave the floor with a limp moments later.

The Celtics entered Monday with a 2-1 lead in the first-round playoff series and took a 53-36 lead into halftime. The injury is a potentially significant blow for Boston if Porzingis is forced to miss extended time.

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