Less than 12 hours from tip-off, the Celtics still don’t know if they’ll have their starting point guard for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals. Marcus Smart’s status remains up in the air as the team gets ready to face the Heat in Miami Tuesday night.
Smart suffered a mid-foot sprain on his right foot in Sunday’s Game 7 win over the Milwaukee Bucks. He was listed as questionable on Monday evening’s injury report.
“He’s still pretty sore,” Udoka told reports Tuesday morning when asked about Smart’s injury. “He tested it out a little bit here and we’re hoping he’s feeling better but there’s some soreness there – some swelling still. We’ll monitor him throughout the day, get some treatment. He’ll still be listed as questionable.”
Udoka added Smart’s status for Game 1 will be tied to “how he reacts to treatment throughout the day.”
“We’ll see how it goes. It’s very sore, and there’s some swelling there, but he has a long day with a little extra hour or two,” Udoka added, referencing the 8:30 p.m. start time compared to the 7 p.m. starts the team had through the first two rounds. “We’ll see how he feels. He’s legitimately questionable.”
Aside from Smart, the Celtics should be at full strength in their rotation heading into Game 1. Forward Sam Hauser (right shoulder) is the only other player listed on the injury report. Center Robert Williams, who missed the final four games of the Bucks series with knee soreness, is expected to be available with no minutes restriction according to Udoka.
Meanwhile, Miami has already ruled out starting point guard Kyle Lowry (hamstring) for Game 1. Four other players are questionable, including starting forward P.J. Tucker (calf).
You can catch the call of Tuesday night’s game on 98.5 The Sports Hub and the Celtics Radio Network. Pregame coverage with Sean Grande and Cedric Maxwell begins at 8 p.m., leading up to the 8:30 tip from Miami.