Kristaps Porzingis was listed as questionable on the Boston Celtics' injury report for their December 19 matchup against the Golden State Warriors in San Francisco, the first game of a four-game road-trip that follows a dominant homestand. Luke Kornet was ruled out.
Will Boston be without both big men? Porzingis has said that his health will be monitored by the team this season, but if it were up to him, he'd be out on the floor every chance he got.
"They know my stance: I want to play in every game they allow me,” Porzingis said (h/t MassLive). “But of course, they want to be smart with me and my health. Make sure I’m here for the long picture.”
Porzingis labeled his absence on December 15 against the Orlando Magic -- a game the Celtics were able to win 128-117 despite starting Lamar Stevens at center and missing the top three guys on their depth chart at the 5, Porzingis, Kornet, and Al Horford -- as "cautionary."
“To be honest, it was just a cautionary thing,” Porzingis said of sitting out Friday. “Not playing a back-to-back. But it felt good. Felt good enough that I could have played. It’s just I think the medical staff is taking a more cautious approach, especially the first couple weeks coming back from the calf.”
Boston Celtics likely to be all hands on deck for Warriors matchup
Joe Mazzulla was on the Celtics coaching staff when Boston streaked to the 2022 NBA Finals and came within two games of their first championship in, at that point, 14 years. He knows the hurt. And he knows how important it is to continue this winning momentum the Cs have cultivated since being bumped from the In-Season Tournament in the quarterfinal round.
With a national TV matchup on TNT with the Warriors on tap, expect everyone to be on hand. The Celtics had a day of rest, meaning Porzingis could well be a go. Just don't expect him to also suit up Wednesday against the Sacramento Kings.