Monday, January 22, 2024

Kristaps Porzingis (knee) ruled out against Mavericks

The Celtics will be short-handed once again when they face the Dallas Mavericks Monday night.

Kristaps Porzingis, who had a game-high 32 points to go along with 6-of-11 from the 3-point line and five blocks in the team's 116-107 win over the Houston Rockets Sunday, has been ruled out for tonight's matchup with inflammation in his right knee -- per the C's injury report.

Porzingis has yet to play in any back-to-backs this season, just as his teammate Al Horford -- who did not play in the Celtics victory over the Rockets yesterday -- has also not suited up at all when it comes to Boston playing on consecutive nights.

This is the second of a three-game mini road trip for the Celtics, and it's likely that Porzingis returns Thursday when the team heads to Miami to take on the Heat. The veteran big man following Sunday's win became the first in franchise history to record six made 3-pointers and five blocks, while also passing Raef LaFrentz (2) for the most games with 30-plus points, five-plus made 3s and five-plus blocks in league history.

Porzingis is making a strong case to be selected for his second All-Star nod, as he's averging 19.5 points on 52.5% shooting and 35% from 3-point range to go along with 6.8 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per contest -- with the former Mav missing 11 games so far.

The Celtics (33-10) and Mavericks (24-18) tip-off from American Airlines Center at 8:30 pm ET.

Joel Pavón

Photo used courtesy of Getty Images

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