The Boston Celtics have ruled point guard Derrick White out for Game 2 of the 2022 Eastern Conference Finals against the Miami Heat, the team announced Thursday. White is listed as out for “personal reasons.”
Per multiple reports, White and his wife Hannah are expecting their first child, so that is presumably the reason that White will miss Game 2. The Celtics and Heat are scheduled to tip off at 8:30 p.m. ET on Thursday night at FTX Arena.
White started for the Celtics in Game 1, with Marcus Smart out due to a mid-foot injury. He played 28:59 and scored three points on 1-of-4 shooting, to go with four assists and a blocked shot.
Smart is aiming to return for Game 2. The team listed him as probable on Wednesday. However, big man Al Horford is listed as doubtful, as he remains in the NBA’s Health & Safety Protocol.
White’s presence could be missed off the bench, but Smart’s return to the lineup for Game 2 is the much bigger development at the point guard position for the Celtics. Payton Pritchard is a likely beneficiary of White’s absence in terms of minutes.
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