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Celtics' Kristaps Porzingis has surgery, will miss 2024 Olympics

Kristaps Porzingis will be out 5-6 months and miss the 2024 Olympics after having successful surgery on his leg.

Kristaps Porzingis will miss Latvia’s Olympic campaign due to injury.

Boston Celtics center Kristaps Porzingis is expected to be out the next five to six months after having successful surgery on Thursday.

Per the team, Porzingis had surgery to repair a torn retinaculum and dislocated posterior tibialis tendon. His surgery will cause him to miss Latvia’s Olympic competition in the 2024 Olympics.

Porzingis suffered his injury in Game 2 of the NBA Finals and he had hoped to delay the surgery until after the Finals and Latvia’s Olympic campaign.

“The injury doesn’t allow for consistent play at the level required for Olympic competition. Surgery will be performed in the coming days, and further updates will be provided when available,” the Celtics announced in a statement on June 25.

Porzingis played in Game 5 of the NBA Finals and played 16 minutes, scoring five points and collecting one rebound in Boston’s 106-88 win that clinched the Celtics’ 18th NBA title. Porzingis missed Game 3 with a dislocated tendon in his left ankle. He was cleared to play a limited role in Game 4, but never took off his warmups during Boston’s 122-84 loss in Dallas.

The Celtics have said that his tendon issue is unrelated to the calf strain Porzingis sustained April 29 in the first round against Miami that led to him missing 10 games.

Porzingis averaged 13.5 points and five rebounds in his first six games this postseason, including 20 points, six rebounds and three blocked shots in Game 1 against Dallas.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.