The Celtics’ first injury report ahead of Thursday’s Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals isn’t ruling out any key players. Three players are listed, but the Celtics’ two starters who missed Game 1 still have a chance to play.
Neither Marcus Smart nor Al Horford were ruled out on the report released by the team Wednesday evening. While both are listed, the only player ruled out is forward Sam Hauser (right shoulder instability episode).
Smart is listed as probable, an encouraging development after he wasn’t able to play Game 1 as a game-time decision. The 2022 NBA Defensive Player of the Year is dealing with a foot sprain he suffered in the team’s Game 7 win over Milwaukee on Sunday.
Meanwhile, Horford is listed as doubtful as he remains in health & safety protocols – which are related to COVID-19. Horford was ruled out of Game 1 just hours before tip-off, although the team would not confirm nor deny whether or not he tested positive. A report from earlier in the day on Wednesday indicated Horford would likely miss Game 2.
On the other side, the Miami Heat have ruled guard Kyle Lowry out for Game 2 with a hamstring injury. Lowry also missed Game 1, as well as the final games of the Heat’s semifinal series. Guards Max Strus (hamstring) and Gabe Vincent (hamstring) are both listed as questionable. Despite being listed on Tuesday then leaving the game with what appeared to be an ankle injury Tuesday night, Miami removed forward P.J. Tucker from the injury report all together.
We’ll get two more injury reports from the Celtics before Game 2, one in the early afternoon on Thursday and one closer to game time. Tip-off from Miami is at 8:30 p.m., with coverage beginning at 8:00 on 98.5 The Sports Hub and the 98.5 The Sports Hub Celtics Radio Network.