Celtics’ Kristaps Porzingis gives progress update on injured left calf

Celtics huge man Kristaps Porzingis mentioned Tuesday that he’s feeling good and making progress in his restoration from the left calf pressure he suffered in final Friday’s loss to the Magic and emphasised that he has no huge considerations concerning the harm.

Porzingis left final Friday’s recreation throughout the third quarter and missed his second recreation since struggling the harm on Tuesday in opposition to the Bulls. He mentioned an MRI on Saturday revealed that he had a “low-level, low grade strain,” which confirmed his perception that the harm wasn’t severe.

“I knew it wasn’t anything, but just a confirmation that something of course happened,” Porzingis mentioned. “I felt one thing slightly bit. But that it was simply gonna be a brief restoration. That’s what I hoped for, and that’s it. …

“This is the NBA, you play every other day and some small things can happen like this. So no big worries, but just looking forward to getting back out there as soon as possible.”

Porzingis prompt that he may get again on a courtroom quickly. Celtics coach Joe Mazzulla mentioned that he could be re-evaluated per week from the harm, and Tuesday was the fourth day of his restoration.

“So, already much better and I look forward to keep making fast improvement to get back out there as soon as possible,” Porzingis mentioned.

While Porzingis is inspired by his progress, the Celtics are nonetheless performing in an abundance of warning. Porzingis has by no means had a calf harm, which may be difficult. He’s virtually sure to overlook Friday’s dwelling recreation in opposition to the 76ers, however the Celtics’ subsequent recreation is to be decided primarily based on the outcomes of the In-Season Tournament.

“This is new for me.” Porzingis mentioned. “I guess you have to be a little careful with these kind of things, even though it’s nothing serious, but still, it can be pretty easy I guess to re-aggravate and so the medical staff is being cautious and we’re going to take it slow. But even with taking it slow, it should be a pretty quick recovery.”

Adjustment interval

Al Horford has watched and skilled a number of adjustments since he was drafted to the NBA in 2007. He’s turn into a complicated 3-point shooter because the league has advanced in that course. And, amongst different issues, he’s now noticing a shift into extra aggressive offensive rebounding.

Celtics coach Joe Mazzulla has made a transparent emphasis in crashing the offensive glass this season to assist offset unhealthy taking pictures nights and create extra possessions. It was evident in Sunday’s win over the Hawks, once they pulled down 18 offensive rebounds. It’s not simply the Celtics, although. Horford has seen it across the league.

“I think it’s a trend. I think it is trending,” Horford mentioned. “At one point in my career the numbers or whatever were telling everybody to get back – get back on defense, get back on defense. And now I feel like every team is, like, telling people to just go and crash the glass. So it has taken some adjusting from that part because everybody’s usually just kind of hanging out. And not only us, but every team is starting to do that more and more.”

Entering Tuesday, the Celtics’ offensive rebounding numbers have been solely barely greater than final season, from 9.7 to 10.3 boards per recreation, which places them within the backside half of the league. Their second-chance factors are up from 12.7 per recreation final season to 14.7 per recreation this season.

There’s been an adjustment interval, particularly for the 37-year-old Horford. In Sunday’s win, he grabbed an offensive rebound that had Joe Mazzulla marveling, when he chased down a miss over a number of Hawks defenders. But altering that mindset to hunt offensive rebounds has not essentially been straightforward for Horford.

“Because, for me, usually, my whole thing is always just get back on defense, start the transition defense early, get everything back under control,” Horford mentioned. “That’s always been kind of one of the things that I do. That’s why, I don’t know what the numbers say, but I was never crashing on the offensive glass. Now, like, for me to shift that mindset, and it’s like, go to the glass, go get offensive rebounds, get extra possessions. So for me it’s just kind of adjusting for sure.”

One small suggestion

Asked if he’s loved enjoying within the inaugural In-Season Tournament, Horford described the expertise as “different,” and mentioned the league’s purpose of creating early-season video games extra related has been achieved. But he did have one suggestion. Horford was not a fan of creating final Friday’s recreation in Orlando – an early afternoon tip the day after Thanksgiving – a part of the event schedule.

“The schedule was kind of a little messed up, so like I just wish that moving forward, when they do this, they have to make sure that for everybody to be at their best, that somehow the games are being aligned correctly, so it’s not a back to back or it’s not a game that’s kind of like the Orlando situation,” Horford mentioned. “Because I feel like that does matter. It affects the performance and if we want to get the most out of the guys in the In-Season Tournament, you want to make sure they’re at their best.”