Feb 7, 2024; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Celtics center Kristaps Porzingis (8) dunks the ball during the second half against the Atlanta Hawks at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

NBA: Kristaps Porzingis’ availability for Game 1 is “not clear” for the Celtics.

Kristaps Porzingis, the star of the Boston Celtics, has “ramped it up” in practice, but head coach Joe Mazzulla stated on Wednesday that he is “not sure” if the 7-foot-2 forward will be ready for the first game of the NBA Finals. On June 6 in Boston, the NBA Finals will tip off with a game between the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Dallas Mavericks.

Since pulling his soleus muscle in Game 4 of a first-round series against the Miami Heat on April 29, Porzingis has not participated in any games. “I’m not certain. Mazzulla stated on Wednesday in his weekly radio interview on 98.5 The Sports Hub, “I’m not sure yet. “I am aware that he slightly upped his game on the court. He’s working really, really hard, like I mentioned,” Mazzulla continued. “He hasn’t done anything with the team for a few shootarounds, but he has been in a one-on-one situation kind of ratcheting it up with the intensity level of it. He has been improving steadily.”

Since Porzingis’ injury, the Celtics have gone 9-1 overall and are on a seven-game winning streak. In a post to X, Porzingis, for his part, seemed positive, writing “see you in the finals,” according to an English translation of a Latvian version. Playing a significant part in the Eastern Conference finals, Al Horford declared that if Porzingis is unable to return, he will be prepared to assist the Celtics in whatever way they need. Throughout the regular season, Porzingis, 28, started 57 games and averaged 20.1 points and 7.2 rebounds per contest.

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