Snubbing 2 Incredible Personal Moments, Kristaps Porzingis Reveals Selfless Intentions With Celtics’ Big-4

Published 11/11/2023, 10:16 PM EST

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After dropping two consecutive games to the Timberwolves and the 76ers, the Boston Celtics bounced back with two straight wins. The latest victory came over the Toronto Raptors in an easy wide-margin win. Three out of the Celtics’ four All-Stars had 20+ points in the game as Boston was easily able to take care of business, handing the Raptors a 117-94 loss.

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Kristaps Porzingis was an integral part of the team’s offense. After the game, when KP was asked about his highlight plays, the seven-footer was quick to snub those in favor of team play, building chemistry.

Kristaps Porzingis picking team chemistry over highlight plays

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Kristaps Porzingis and the Boston Celtics defeated the Toronto Raptors by a 23-point margin. Boston led the game from the first quarter itself and kept on building upon that lead to keep the game away from Toronto. Porzingis was crucial in Boston’s win as a lot of the team’s offense was generated from him.

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After the game, Porzingis had a few words with a reporter. She asked the Latvian star what out of his back-to-back dunks or the fastbreak three was his favorite highlight of the game. And Porzingis chose none of these.

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Instead, he said, “Good question, good question. You know what I enjoy the most? Giving a good assist to my teammate. A nice pass. There were a couple of ones that I risked too much maybe today, in this game but that’s the thing that I enjoy the most.”

Even though Porzingis wasn’t the leading scorer on the team, his presence on the floor caused the Raptors to give him more attention on defense. Which ultimately led to great ball movement and easy shots.

Something that the 7’3 star credited the team for as well.

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The Boston Celtics were led by Jaylen Brown and his 29-point performance. He also had 5 rebounds and 2 assists. This performance was closely followed by Jayson Tatum’s 27 points along with 5 rebounds and 4 assists. 

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Kristaps Porzingis finished the night with a 21-point game, paired with 7 rebounds and 3 assists. However, based on the short interview he had after the game, it is fair to assume that Porzingis would’ve liked his assist tally to be a bit higher.

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The Celtics made some drastic changes to their roster this offseason. And judging by how the new players are falling in, this core may stay intact for years to come.

Do you think these roster changes will be enough to lead the Celtics to their 18th title?

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