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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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  • Check out the full schedule for the series below. All games will be carried live on 98.5 The Sports Hub, with pregame coverage starting 30 minutes before the scheduled tip-off.

    Game 1: Tuesday, May 17, 8:30 p.m. ET

    Jan 31, 2022; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (0) drives between Miami Heat guard Duncan Robinson (55) and guard Tyler Herro (14) during the second half at TD Garden. (Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports)

    Jan 31, 2022; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (0) drives between Miami Heat guard Duncan Robinson (55) and guard Tyler Herro (14) during the second half at TD Garden. (Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports)

  • Game 2: Thursday, May 19, 8:30 p.m. ET

    Nov 4, 2021; Miami, Florida, USA; Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown (7) shoots over Miami Heat guard Kyle Lowry (7) during the first half at FTX Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

    Nov 4, 2021; Miami, Florida, USA; Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown (7) shoots over Miami Heat guard Kyle Lowry (7) during the first half at FTX Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

  • Game 3: Saturday, May 21, 8:30 p.m. ET

    Nov 4, 2021; Miami, Florida, USA; Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler (22) drives the ball around Boston Celtics center Al Horford (42) during the first half at FTX Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

    Nov 4, 2021; Miami, Florida, USA; Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler (22) drives the ball around Boston Celtics center Al Horford (42) during the first half at FTX Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

  • Game 4: Monday, May 23, 8:30 p.m. ET

    LAKE BUENA VISTA, FLORIDA - SEPTEMBER 25: Jimmy Butler #22 of the Miami Heat drives the ball against Marcus Smart #36 of the Boston Celtics during the first quarter in Game Five of the Eastern Conference Finals during the 2020 NBA Playoffs at AdventHealth Arena at the ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex on September 25, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

    LAKE BUENA VISTA, FLORIDA – SEPTEMBER 25: Jimmy Butler #22 of the Miami Heat drives the ball against Marcus Smart #36 of the Boston Celtics during the first quarter in Game Five of the Eastern Conference Finals during the 2020 NBA Playoffs at AdventHealth Arena at the ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex on September 25, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

  • Game 5 (if necessary): Wednesday, May 25, 8:30 p.m. ET

    Jan 31, 2022; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Miami Heat forward Caleb Martin (16) shoots against Boston Celtics center Robert Williams III (44) during the second quarter at TD Garden. (Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports)

    Jan 31, 2022; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Miami Heat forward Caleb Martin (16) shoots against Boston Celtics center Robert Williams III (44) during the second quarter at TD Garden. (Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports)

  • Game 6 (if necessary): Friday, May 27, 8:30 p.m. ET

    Nov 4, 2021; Miami, Florida, USA; Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (0) shoots the ball against Miami Heat center Bam Adebayo (13) during the first half at FTX Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

    Nov 4, 2021; Miami, Florida, USA; Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (0) shoots the ball against Miami Heat center Bam Adebayo (13) during the first half at FTX Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

  • Game 7 (if necessary): Sunday, May 29, 8:30 p.m. ET

    Nov 4, 2021; Miami, Florida, USA; Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown (7) blocks the shot of Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler (22) during the first half at FTX Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

    Nov 4, 2021; Miami, Florida, USA; Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown (7) blocks the shot of Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler (22) during the first half at FTX Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

  • Full Schedule

    Oct 15, 2021; Miami, Florida, USA; Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (0) shoots the ball over Miami Heat guard Duncan Robinson (55) during the second half at FTX Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

    Oct 15, 2021; Miami, Florida, USA; Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (0) shoots the ball over Miami Heat guard Duncan Robinson (55) during the second half at FTX Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

    Game 1: Tuesday, May 17 in Miami; 8 p.m. pregame/8:30 tip
    Game 2: Thursday, May 19 in Miami; 8 p.m. pregame/8:30 tip
    Game 3: Saturday, May 21 at TD Garden; 8 p.m. pregame/8:30 tip
    Game 4: Monday, May 23 at TD Garden; 8 p.m. pregame/8:30 tip
    Game 5 (if necessary): Wednesday, May 25 in Miami; 8 p.m. pregame/8:30 tip
    Game 6 (if necessary): Friday, May 27 at TD Garden; 8 p.m. pm pregame/8:30 tip
    Game 7 (if necessary): Sunday, May 29 in Miami; 8 p.m. pregame/8:30 tip

    Click here for the full on-air schedule at 98.5 The Sports Hub.

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