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The NBA finals are set. All eyes are on Kristaps Porzingis, who may be fit again in time for the championship series after a calf injury.

The Boston Celtics center played for the Dallas Mavericks – Boston's final opponent – from 2019 to 2022, laying the foundation for a “revenge game” story. In addition, the Latvian big man has missed every game since his injury on April 29 during Game 4 of the Celtics' clash with the Miami Heat in the first round of the playoffs.

Boston has done well without Porzingis on the team, losing just four in the 25 games he missed during the regular season due to various injuries, and losing just one in the 10 games he missed during the playoffs. However, given his averages of 20.1 points, 7.2 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game during the regular season, the Celtics are an even stronger team when he's healthy.

Here's the latest on Porzingis' injury status according to recent reports and a message from the big man himself.

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Latest information on Kristaps Porzingis' injury

The last time Porzingis spoke to reporters in early May, he said his injury was “something … not nothing.” Since then, he's been tracking his recovery day by day.

On May 29, he posted on the social media platform X (formerly Twitter) thanking fans for their support and writing (in Latvian): “See you in the final.”

On Friday, two days after the tweet, Porzingis stayed after practice for extended three-point drills. The next day, he “went through everything the team did in practice,” according to head coach Joe Mazzulla.

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When do the NBA finals start?

The NBA Finals begin on Thursday, June 6. Game 1 begins at 8:30 p.m. ET at TD Garden in Boston, with coverage by ABC.

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