Kristaps Porzingis thrives in ‘a much higher standard’ at Boston

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Giannis Askounis

15/Feb/24 10:53

An ankle injury forces experienced Latvian big Kristaps Porzingis to an early exit in a lopsided win for the Boston Celtics

By Johnny Askounis/

Kristaps Porzingis sat out the second half of the meeting between the Boston Celtics and Brooklyn Nets in TD Garden. Returning to action from a brief spell on the injury list, he hurt his ankle and did not return.

“I was available for the second half,” he hinted to the commanding lead impacting the decision to rule out more playing time on Wednesday.

Porzingis, 28, finished with 15 points over 16 minutes as the C’s improved a league-high record to 43-12 before the All-Star break.

“This game said a lot about us. It was not an easy game to get going mentally. You have to give credit to Joe [Mazzulla] and the coaching staff for getting us ready,” he mentioned, “We came out and right away we put our foot on the gas.”

After playing for the New York Knicks, Dallas Mavericks, and Washington Wizards, the Celtics emerged as his fourth NBA challenge in June. “I will not stop smiling, I am enjoying being here so much,” said Porzingis.

“We are a championship-caliber team. What is expected is to win or the goal is to win. Coming in here, some things are done differently and at a much higher standard than on other teams that I have been on,” he explained, “It is just a high-level organization. As players, we feel that we know that we have to show up every night.”

The Latvian big is up to 20.4 points, 7.0 rebounds, 1.9 assists, and 1.9 blocks per contest over 39 appearances in the 2023-24 Regular Season.

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