Kristaps Porzingis dodged injury scares throughout the regular season. That wasn’t the case for the Celtics star in the playoffs.

Porzingis missed over five weeks after suffering a calf strain in the first round against the Miami Heat. He then returned for the start of the NBA Finals, only to be sidelined again after sustaining a rare ankle injury in Game 2.

The ailment — which specifically was a torn medial retinaculum allowing for dislocation of the posterior tibialis tendon in his left leg — kept Porzingis out for Games 3 and 4 before he came back for Boston’s title-clinching win Monday night.

It is reported that Porzingis will need surgery to repair his damaged ankle and the 7-foot-2 center opened up about the injury following Boston’s Game 5 victory.

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“What was put out, it was the truth,” Porzingis said. “It was something torn and then my tendon is just out of place. Pretty much hurts on every step. I would take a walk in Dallas and my leg would swell up. I was like, ‘I don’t know how I’m going to play, if I’m going to play.’ But my mindset was always, I’m going to try to find a way how I can manage this.”

It was clear from the beginning of Game 5 that Porzingis wouldn’t be able to make the same impact he did in Game 1, when he scored 20 points in 21 minutes off the bench.

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Hobbled by his ailing ankle, Porzingis gave the Celtics five points and one rebound in 16 minutes. The Mavericks tested him as soon as he checked in with 6:49 left in the first quarter, constantly putting him in pick-and-pop action. Porzingis’ lateral movement was compromised on the defensive end, which allowed Josh Green to hit a couple of first-quarter 3-pointers.

But Porzingis did what he could. He wanted to be out there no matter how he felt and helping the Celtics to a title should ease some of the pain in his ankle.

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“Since last game, I’ve been thinking about, ‘How can I get my body ready for next game no matter how it is,'” Porzingis said. “And I was like, I’m going to try everything possible to get out there. So from (Monday) morning, I was preparing myself that I will go out there. And the medical staff was unbelievable (in their) support for me and got me back out there somehow. I’m super thankful for them.

“I gave everything I could. And, man, it feels great to be a champion.”

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