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Celtics’ Kristaps Porzingis OUT for IST Game vs. Pacers

Kristaps Porzingis is dealing with an injury that will keep him out for the Boston Celtics’ quarterfinal match against the Indiana Pacers.

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The Boston Celtics will be without one of their key players today in their In-Season Tournament knockout round game against the Indiana Pacers, according to ESPN insider Adrian Wojnarowski.

ESPN Sources: There’s optimism Boston Celtics C Kristaps Porzingis (calf strain) will return to lineup this week. Porzingis is out for In Season Tourney quarters vs. Indiana Monday, but there’s increasing confidence he’ll be back in Vegas for IST Final 4 should Celtics advance.

Porzingis suffered the injury in the middle of the team’s Nov. 24 match against the Orlando Magic. The Celtics are 3-0 in Porzingis’ absence, but they would love to have his defense and rim protection when they play the No. 1 offense in the league.

The Celtics and Pacers are set to tip off at 4:30 p.m. today at Gainbridge Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. The game can be watched on TNT and the winner will advance to the semifinals Thursday in Las Vegas.