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Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals might come all the way down to who’s on the court docket — and it may be some time earlier than we discover that out.
Boston Celtics starters Marcus Smart (proper ankle sprain) and Robert Williams (left knee soreness) are each listed as questionable for Wednesday’s Game 5 at FTX Arena, whereas 5 gamers are questionable for the Miami Heat in Kyle Lowry, Max Strus, P.J. Tucker, Gabe Vincent and Tyler Herro.
Celtics head coach Ime Udoka gave a considerably optimistic replace on each Smart and Williams after Celtics shootaround Wednesday morning however urged each gamers can be true game-time choices.
“Both feeling better,” Udoka stated. “Marcus still has some swelling and pain and soreness. They will test it out pregame and see how they feel.”
Smart missed Monday’s Game 4 after struggling a nasty ankle damage in Game 3. He hasn’t missed back-to-back video games but this postseason, although, and would give the Celtics an enormous enhance on each ends if he can play.
Williams’ standing may be much more essential, nevertheless. The Celtics huge man performed a key function in stifling Miami’s offense Monday night time, and the C’s have outscored the Heat by a whopping 23.2 factors per 100 possessions when he is on the ground.
Unfortunately for Boston followers, it appears like Williams’ knee can be a problem from right here on out.
“The amount of guys on the questionable list from game to game is kind of alarming. But we’ve been dealing with it — especially with the Rob situation — for a while,” Udoka stated.
“He’s pretty much day-to-day the rest of the playoffs, so it’s something we have to manage and work around.”
Williams has performed in simply three of Boston’s final eight video games after struggling a bone bruise on his surgically-repaired left knee on May 7. He has additionally but to play back-to-back video games in several places since that damage, because it seems the grind of journey and taking part in each different day has affected his knee as properly.
The Celtics will hope Williams can break that development Wednesday, although. The group normally has introduced its beginning lineups about an hour earlier than sport time, so we should always know round 7:30 p.m. ET whether or not Time Lord and Smart will have the ability to play in Game 5.
NBC Sports Boston’s protection for Game 5 begins at 7:30 p.m. ET with “Celtics Pregame Live.”