Marcus Smart of the Celtics joins Kyle Lowry of Heath at the Injury Watch in the East Finals – Reading Eagle

The Miami Heat Eastern Conference finals are not alone with their injuries in the playoffs.

The Boston Celtics announced Monday that Marcus Smart, owner of this year’s defensive player of the year, received a mid-foot sprain in Sunday’s 7th game in a decisive victory over visiting Milwaukee Bucks in the Eastern Semifinals.

Smart is listed as questionable in Game 1 against the Heath at the FTX Arena on Tuesday at 8:30 p.m.

Celtics coach Imé Udoka said Smart, who had fallen sharply in the first quarter of Sunday’s game but continued, was “quite tender and painful”.

Smart missed the 2nd game of the Celtics series against the Bucks due to a contusion of the ATV.

For his part, the Heath are constantly concerned about injuries due to tension in the left hamstring, which has prevented Kyle Lowry from participating in the last two games of victory in the second round with a score of 4-2 over the Philadelphia 76ers.

Lowry, who has not played since May 8 and has missed five of his last seven games, was again limited to side work during Monday’s practice, later that day, officially named for Tuesday’s first game.

Coach Eric Spoelstra said there was no new update, but Heat striker Jimmy Butler said he remained optimistic and at the same time encouraged Lowry’s drive to find a way to continue to influence.

“He smiles, knowing he’s close to coming back,” Butler said. “But he’s doing his best to come back, and he’s doing his best to make sure we’re all ready in case he can’t go.”

This led to Lowry quarreling not only with Butler, but also with the neophytes of the Heath playoffs Max Strus and Gabe Vincent, who was a replacement for the starting player.

“I think that’s what shows who he is as a person, as a leader most of all, that’s what he wants me to be successful, Gabe, Max, to the end,” Butler said. “So when we study film, it’s close to us so everyone knows what’s going on.”

The Celtics had positive news of injuries on Monday, and Udoka said center-right Robert Williams could well play on Tuesday. Williams, who has been confined to a knee problem since March, was available on Sunday but did not play against Bucks.

“He’s available, no minute restrictions,” Udoka said when Williams had not played in the last four games against Milwaukee. “I’ll always be a little wary of guys leaving the break without touching the court, but starting a new series is a little different than introducing Game 7 or Game 6 or anyway earlier. But it is available, it looks better every day and I am more and more confident about it. “

As for the rest of Heath’s injury report, the list of questionable ones includes Caleb Martin (ankle sprain), Concussion (hamstring sprain), PJ Tucker (calf sprain) and Vincent (hamstring sprain expected), and all, of course. .

Plans for the summer

The Golden State Warriors on Monday officially announced they would hold a four-team summer league at Chase Center ahead of the NBA Summer League with 30 teams in Las Vegas.

Heath will play on the Warriors court on July 2 against a similar group of young players and free agents from the Los Angeles Lakers, and then on July 3 against the Sacramento Kings summer roster.

The Las Vegas Summer League will open on July 6.

Potential members of the Heath summer list include forward Haywood Highsmith, two-way Giovont Smart and Michael Mulder, the Heath pick 27th in the NBA Draft on June 23, last season’s G-list, and possibly a central Omer Yurtseven.


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