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Porzingis set on fighting through injury: 'I'll die out there'

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Boston Celtics big man Kristaps Porzingis isn't going to let his nagging leg issues affect his availability throughout the NBA Finals.

After returning from a month-long absence for Game 1 against the Dallas Mavericks and moving around with an apparent limp in Game 2 on Sunday, Porzingis made it more than clear that he'll remain on the floor.

"I'm feeling good, I don't think it's anything serious," Porzingis said, according to NBC Sports Boston.

"I'll die out there, if we need," Porzingis added.

Celtics head coach Joe Mazzulla said he had "zero" concern about Porzingis missing Game 3, per WEEI's Justin Turpin.

Porzingis went down with a right calf injury in Game 4 of Boston's first-round series against the Miami Heat. He wowed in his return against Dallas with 20 points on 8-of-13 shooting in Game 1 before a modest 12 points in Game 2.

After starting all 57 regular-season contests he played in, Porzingis has been coming off the bench in the Finals with Al Horford beginning the game at center.

The Celtics can take a commanding 3-0 lead when the series pivots to Dallas on Wednesday.

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