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Celtics president Brad Stevens expects Kristaps Porziņģis to miss ‘at least’ start of next season with ankle injury suffered in Finals

Celtics president Brad Stevens expects Kristaps Porziņģis to miss 'at least' start of next season with ankle injury suffered in Finals

The Boston Celtics expect Kristaps Porziņģis to miss the start of next season with the rare ankle injury that limited him in the NBA Finals.

President of basketball operations Brad Stevens made the revelation Wednesday on the The Ryen Russillo Podcast. Stevens discussed Porziņģis' status in the context of transitioning from this year's NBA championship to early next season.

"We’re going to be different right out of the gate simply because — you know — we have guys like Kristaps after his surgery — we don’t know exactly when he’ll be back," Stevens told Russillo. "He’ll probably miss at least the very start of the season."

Stevens didn't further elaborate on Porziņģis' status and recovery.

Kristaps Porziņģis celebrates winning his first NBA title after Game 5 of the NBA Finals. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Porziņģis suffered a torn retinaculum and dislocated posterior tibialis tendon in his left ankle in Game 2 against the Dallas Mavericks after helping lead Boston in Game 1 with 20 points, six rebounds and three blocks. Porziņģis missed Games 3 and 4 and returned in a limited capacity to play in Boston's Game 5 clincher at home.

Porziņģis said after the series that he would require surgery for the injury. Stevens told reporters on Tuesday that Porziņģis was in the process of consulting with doctors and that he was expected to undergo surgery "soon."

Stevens declined then to speculate on a timeline before acknowledging Wednesday that Porziņģis would likely miss the start of next season and maybe beyond.

It's not clear if anything about Porizingis' status had changed. Stevens didn't provide any updates Wednesday on Porziņģis' surgery timeline.

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