Sunday, November 26, 2023

Kristaps Porzingis, Jrue Holiday ruled out against Hawks

The Celtics will be short-handed Sunday night when they host the Atlanta Hawks at TD Garden, as Kristaps Porzingis and Jrue Holiday have both been ruled out.

Porzingis left in the middle of the third quarter of the C's 113-96 loss to the Orlando Magic Friday afternoon with what the team is calling a left calf strain and did not return. The veteran big man, who finished with nine points and four rebounds, will miss at least the next three games as he'll be re-examined during the week -- according to coach Joe Mazzulla.

Team gave Porzingis an MRI Saturday after he "felt a tweak" while running up the floor against the Magic, but doesn't think it's anything too serious despite having a history of leg injuries -- including a torn ACL (2018) and a torn meniscus (2020) in two of his previous three stops (New York and Dallas).

Meanwhile, Holiday, who missed the Celtics In-Season Tournament loss to the Magic due to a right ankle sprain suffered in the team's 119-116 win over the Milwaukee Bucks last Wednesday, was initially listed as questionable on Saturday.

However, Holiday was seen shooting around during today's pregame and seemed to be moving comfortably just movements prior to Mazzulla telling reporters the point guard was downgraded and would be sitting out.

No word if Holiday will be considered day-to-day, but with Porzingis missing the next few games, the Celtics most likely will start Al Horford for the foreseeable future. They have also reportedly recalled rookie Jordan Walsh from their G League affiliate up in Maine.

Joel Pavón

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