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Celtics’ Kristaps Porzingis could miss ‘multiple games’ with right calf strain

Celtics center Kristaps Porzingis has been ruled out of Boston’s potential game against the Miami Heat due to a right calf strain. Porzingis is expected to miss “several games” due to his injury, according to a report from the ESPN Tuesday.

Porzingis played just 14 minutes in Boston’s 102-88 Game 4 victory at Miami, exiting in the second quarter and finishing with seven points and three rebounds.

Veteran Al Horford will likely replace Porzingis in the starting lineup for Wednesday’s Game 5, with support from Luke Kornet on the bench.

The Celtics lead the Heat 3-1. The winner of Boston-Miami will meet the winner of Cleveland-Orlando in the Eastern Conference semifinals.

Asked after Game 4 how Porzingis’ potential absence might affect his team, Boston coach Joe Mazzulla said nothing would change.

“Bring the same mindset, the same intentionality, the same tenacity and the same details to the next game, no matter who is available,” Mazzulla said. “It doesn’t matter. There’s no difference between the regular season and the playoffs. And all year long we’ve had guys step up and play.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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