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Boston Celtics player ruled out for Game 5 vs. Cavs

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On Wednesday night, the Boston Celtics host the Cleveland Cavaliers in Massachusetts for Game 5 of their second-round playoff series.

For the game, the Celtics will be without one of their best players as 2018 NBA All-Star Kristaps Porzingis has been ruled out.

He has missed each of the previous five games, so this will be his sixth straight game in the lineup.

Via the Boston Celtics: “#NEBHInjuryReport for tomorrow vs. Cleveland:

Kristaps Porzingis (right soleus species) – OUT”

Porzingis is in his first season with Boston after being traded (via the Washington Wizards) this offseason.

He finished the regular season with averages of 20.1 points, 7.2 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.9 blocks per game while shooting 51.6% from the field and 37.5% from three-point range shot in 57 games.

The Celtics are the top seed in the Eastern Conference with a 64-18 record.

They defeated the Miami Heat in the first round (in five games).

Currently, the Celtics lead the Cavs 3-1, so they can close out the series with a win.

Whoever wins the series will advance to the Eastern Conference Finals and face the New York Knicks or the Indiana Pacers.

The Knicks lead the Pacers 3-2 in Game 6 in Indiana on Friday night.

April 29, 2024;  Miami, Florida, USA;

April 29, 2024; Miami, Florida, USA; / Michael Laughlin-USA TODAY Sports

Porzingis was the fourth pick in the 2015 NBA Draft and is in his ninth season in the league.

He also played for the New York Knicks and Dallas Mavericks (in addition to the Celtics and Wizards).