Celtics’ Marcus Smart, Robert Williams feeling better, remain game-time decisions for Game 5 vs. Heat


BOSTON — We’re once again playing the waiting game with a pair of Celtics players and their status for Wednesday night’s Game 5 against the Miami Heat. Marcus Smart and Robert Williams are both listed as questionable for the playoff tilt.

UPDATE: Both Smart and Williams will play for Boston in Game 5.

Celtics head coach Ime Udoka said that both players are feeling better after the team’s morning shootaround, but they both remain game-time decisions. They’ll test out their injuries ahead of tipoff before their status is determined.

Smart is still dealing with a right ankle sprain that he suffered in Game 3, which caused him to sit out Monday night’s Game 4 victory in Boston. Udoka said that Smart is still experiencing swelling, pain, and soreness in the ankle on Wednesday morning.

Williams returned and played 19 minutes on Monday night after missing Game 3 with left knee soreness. He made a huge impact in his short amount of time on the floor in Game 4, locking down the paint for the Boston defense while throwing down some jams on the offensive end.

The Heat have a pretty big injury report for Game 4, with five players listed as questionable. That includes guard Tyler Herro, who missed Game 4 with a left groin strain.

Kyle Lowry (hamstring), Max Struss (hamstring) , P.J. Tucker (knee) and Gabe Vincent (hamstring) are all questionable for Game 5 in Miami. Jimmy Butler, who was questionable for Game 4 after making an early departure from Game 3, is not listed on Miami’s injury report. 

The Eastern Conference Finals is currently tied 2-2. Wednesday night’s winner will have an opportunity to clinch a trip to the NBA Finals when the series shifts back to Boston for Game 6 on Friday evening. 


Source : https://www.cbsnews.com/boston/news/celtics-marcus-smart-robert-williams-questionable-for-game-5-vs-heat/

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