Boston Celtics

Boston Celtics

Boston Celtics

MIAMI, FLORIDA - MAY 21: Malcolm Brogdon #13 of the Boston Celtics drives against Gabe Vincent #2 of the Miami Heat during the second quarter in game three of the Eastern Conference Finals at Kaseya Center on May 21, 2023 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Megan Briggs/Getty Images)

The Celtics’ season is on the line Monday night, when they face the Miami Heat in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals at TD Garden. As of Monday afternoon, looks like they’ll have their full roster available for the game.

Shortly after Celtics shootaround, Jared Weiss of The Athletic reported that Sixth Man of the Year Malcolm Brogdon will be available for the Celtics in Game 7. Brogdon missed Game 6 due to a right elbow injury that impacted him early in the series.

  • In his first season in Boston, Brogdon was third on the Celtics in scoring averaging 14.9 points in 26 minutes per game. He shot 48.4 percent from the floor and 44.4 percent from three. Over the first two rounds of the playoffs Brogdon put up comparable numbers.

    However, in five games against Miami he shot just 33.3 percent from the floor and 18.8 percent from three, while averaging 6.8 points per game – including just two total points in Games 3 through 5. He also saw his minutes drop during that stretch.

    Given that, Brogdon’s return is only half the equation. The question remains – how effective can he be when he’s on the floor while playing through the elbow injury?

    If Monday morning’s shootaround is any indication, Brogdon could be back to his pre-injury form. Reports and videos out of the Auerbach Center had him shooting the ball well, and showed him without the sleeve he’d been wearing over this right elbow since suffering the injury.

  • How much will Brogdon’s shootaround performance carryover to the game? Will the extra day of rest from sitting out Game 6 make a difference? We’ll find out Monday night.

    Game 7 tips off at 8:30 p.m. at TD Garden. Coverage begins at 8:00 on 98.5 The Sports Hub and the Sports Hub BetMGM Celtics Radio Network.

  • Alex Barth is a writer and digital producer for 985TheSportsHub.com. Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Thoughts? Comments? Questions? Looking for a podcast guest? Let him know on Twitter @RealAlexBarth or via email at [email protected].

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