The Celtics have released their final injury report before Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals, and it’s an encouraging one. Both center Robert Williams (knee) and guard Marcus Smart (ankle) are listed as available for the game. This will be the first time the Celtics have all of their rotation available in this series.
Earlier in the day, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski had reported the Celtics were optimistic Williams would be able to play in the game. Williams has dealt with knee soreness throughout the playoffs, and the issue has caused him to miss seven of the team’s 15 postseason games. After missing Game 3 of this series, Williams returned to the floor in Game 4 and had 12 points, nine rebounds, and two blocks in 18 minutes.
Smart missed Game 4 while dealing with a sprained ankle suffered in the second half of Game 3. That’s compounded by a foot injury he’s been dealing with throughout the playoffs. In total, he’s missed three games. When he’s been on the floor in the postseason, he’s averaging 15.8 points and 6.8 assists per game.
Meanwhile, Miami will be without guard Tyler Herro for the second straight game as he deals with a groin injury. Guards Kyle Lowry (hamstring), Max Strus (hamstring), Gabe Vincent (hamstring) and forward P.J. Tucker (knee) will all play despite appearing on the injury report.
Tip-off for Game 5 from Miami is scheduled for 8:45 p.m. Wednesday night. Pregame coverage begins at 8 on 98.5 The Sports Hub and the 98.5 The Sports Hub Celtics Radio Network.