Celtics’ Kristaps Porzingis doubtful to return due to calf injury

MIAMI — Boston Celtics center Kristaps Porzingis left the court and entered the locker room Monday night and is considered questionable to return after suffering a right calf injury in Boston’s Game 4 against the Heat.

Porzingis will undergo imaging on Tuesday, but early indications are that he did not suffer an Achilles tendon injury, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Porzingis appeared to change something after catching a pass from Jaylen Brown late in the second period. After getting the ball, he started rolling to his left, but then grimaced before quickly giving the ball back to Brown and going limp in the middle of the play. He didn’t appear to have been hit by anyone on the play where he was injured.

As he walked to the locker room with a member of the support staff, he briefly held his jersey in front of his face, apparently frustrated.

The Celtics quickly issued an update, saying Porzingis was dealing with tightness in his right calf and was doubtful he would return to action. Porzingis did not join the rest of the team on the court to start the third period.

Veteran big man Al Horford took his place in the starting lineup to start the second half.

The 7-foot-3 big man, who joined the Celtics last offseason via trade, has adapted almost perfectly to the team in his first year, averaging 20 points and 7 rebounds per game. game while giving Boston an even more dangerous five-out attack.

The Celtics lead the best-of-seven series against Miami 2-1.

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