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Boston Celtics take commanding series lead against Miami Heat

Posted : 30 April 2024

The Boston Celtics surged ahead with a commanding 3-1 series lead against the Miami Heat after securing a convincing 102-88 victory in Game 4. However, their triumph was marred by a potential setback, as starting center Kristaps Porzingis exited the court with a calf injury just before halftime and did not return. While early reports suggest that Porzingis avoided a severe Achilles tendon injury, he will undergo further imaging to assess the extent of the damage.


Porzingis' injury occurred late in the second period when he appeared to tweak something while driving to the basket after receiving a pass from Jaylen Brown. Despite not being touched by any opposing player, Porzingis grimaced in pain and was visibly frustrated as he made his way to the locker room with assistance from a support staffer. The Celtics later confirmed that Porzingis was suffering from right calf tightness.


Following the game, Celtics players expressed optimism that Porzingis' injury would not sideline him for long but acknowledged the impact his absence could have on the team's dynamics. Veteran center Al Horford emphasized the need for everyone to step up in Porzingis' absence, while Jayson Tatum stressed the team's "next-man-up" mentality. Despite Porzingis' absence, Derrick White's outstanding performance, including a career-high 38 points, bolstered the Celtics' offense and contributed to their victory.


As the series heads into Game 5, the Celtics will look to capitalize on their momentum and close out the series against the Heat. With Porzingis' status uncertain, Boston remains focused on maintaining their competitive edge and securing a spot in the next round of the playoffs.


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