The Boston Celtics and Miami Heat have both issued their injury reports ahead of Game 4 of the 2022 Eastern Conference Finals Monday night at TD Garden. The C’s have dodged at least one big bullet on the health front.
Jayson Tatum will be back in the starting lineup in Game 4 Monday night, after the Celtics listed with what they termed a “right cervical nerve impingement.” That’s a stinger in the neck, in layman’s terms. Tatum briefly left Game 3 before returning with the injury.
Celtics point guard Marcus Smart remains questionable for Game 4 with a right ankle sprain, with a little over an hour to go until tip-off. Smart has battled a smattering of injuries during the playoffs, including a mid-foot sprain prior to the ankle issue. Center Robert Williams III also remains questionable, in his case with left knee soreness. Williams’ knee has been barking at him on and off since he returned from meniscus surgery.
Head coach Ime Udoka said in his pregame press availability that Smart and Williams “will go through some testing soon to see if they can play.” So, consider each of them a game-time decision.
Forward Sam Hauser remains out of the lineup, as he continues to deal with a shoulder injury. The team has described his issues as an “instability episode.”
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Miami, meanwhile, has a bit of an unexpected absence according to their injury scares from Game 3. Guard Tyler Herro was officially ruled out for Game 4 with a groin injury. After scoring 18 points off the bench for the Heat in Game 1, Herro went cold offensively in Games 2-3. He shot just 1-of-14 from downtown over the first three games of the series.
The Heat designated five more players as planning to “warm up with the intent to play.” Chief among them is starting forward Jimmy Butler, who is dealing with a knee injury that knocked him out of Game 3 early. Guards Kyle Lowry and Gabe Vincent (hamstrings), and forwards Max Strus (hamstring) and P.J. Tucker (knee), will all warm up along with Butler, and it sounds like all five guys will be available.
The Celtics and Heat tip off at 8:30 p.m. ET on Monday night at TD Garden. You can watch the game on ABC and get the call on 98.5 The Sports Hub, starting with pregame coverage at 8.
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