Porzingis is making a full recovery as we head into the NBA Finals

Despite missing Game 4 of the first round due to a calf injury, the Boston Celtics have gone 9-1 in the playoffs this season. But there's no denying that they will rely on their gifted big man in the NBA Finals.  

Given that Porzingis hasn't played since April 29, what are the chances that he'll be fit to face the Dallas Mavericks or the Minnesota Timberwolves in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on June 6?  

"Hope is certainly there. On Tuesday, when appearing on FanDuel TV's Run It Back show, Shams Charania of The Athletic expressed optimism about Porzingis' possible return. "There are still some hurdles, I’m told, that he has to clear before he can play in Game 1 of the Finals, but there's of course hope that this next week-plus will give him the time that needs to ramp up and get ready for that Game 1 next Thursday."  

Last week, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN mentioned that Porzingis' return may happen as early as Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals. Despite missing Game 1 due to injury, the 7-foot-2 big man helped Boston sweep the Indiana Pacers in a three-game series. The Bruins will have nine days off before Game 1 on Thursday.  

Celtics guard Payton Pritchard gave a positive report on his teammate before Game 4 that bodes well for Porzingis's availability for Game 1, despite Charania's suggestion that he still has "hurdles" to clear before he's declared game-ready.  

I think he looks great. "I believe he'll be ready shortly," Pritchard told Abby Chin of NBC Sports Boston prior to Monday's Game 4.  

Whenever Porzingis has been out with an injury, Al Horford has stepped up to the plate, most notably in Game 3 when he set a new record with seven 3-pointers. Having Porzingis on the court would be essential in facing the Mavs' young and explosive frontcourt tandem of Derrick Lively and Daniel Gafford if Dallas were to progress (they are now up 3-0 in the series).  

It appears like Porzingis, who was third in scoring during the regular season for Boston, is expected to be fully healthy for Game 1 and may have a major effect in the championship series if his rehabilitation goes according to plan.  

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