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Celtics forward Kristaps Porzingis will miss the game due to a calf strain

Celtics forward Kristaps Porzingis will miss the game due to a calf strain

Boston Celtics forward Kristaps Porzingis is expected to miss at least several games due to the right soleus strain he suffered in Game 4, sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski on Tuesday.

The Celtics said the superstar would miss Wednesday's Game 5 in Boston due to injury, but did not provide a timeline beyond that.

A soleus (calf) strain is the same injury that kept Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo out this season.

Porzingis suffered the injury in the first half of the team's win on Monday in Miami. He appeared to adjust something after catching a pass from Jaylen Brown late in the second quarter. Upon getting the ball, he began driving to his left, then scowled before quickly passing the ball back to Brown and limping off into the middle of the play.

Porzingis did not appear to be touched by anyone on the play he was injured. After the game, he slowly walked out of the visiting locker room area wearing a gray walking boot on his right foot.

He was scheduled to undergo imaging on Tuesday.

Porzingis was acquired last season, where he averaged 20.1 points, 7.2 rebounds and 2.0 assists during the regular season, helping Boston to a league-best 64-18 record and the No. 1 seed in the playoffs.

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The Celtics are 3-1 in the best-of-seven series and can shut out the Heat at TD Garden on Wednesday.

Information from ESPN's Chris Herring was used in this report.