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  • Max Strus MIA SG
    Heat's Max Strus: Questionable for Game 2
    4h ago

    Strus (hamstring) is questionable for Thursday's Game 2 against Boston.

    Strus continues to be listed as questionable due to a right hamstring strain, but he should be able to play once again Thursday. He logged 11 points, four rebounds, two assists and two steals in 30 minutes during Tuesday's Game 1 win.

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  • Kyle Lowry MIA PG
    Heat's Kyle Lowry: Remains out for Game 2
    4h ago

    Lowry (hamstring) has been ruled out for Thursday's Game 2 against the Celtics.

    Lowry has dealt with a sore left hamstring for most of the playoffs, and he'll be forced to miss a fourth consecutive game. Gabe Vincent (hamstring) should draw another start for Miami if he's available for Game 2, while Lowry's next chance to return will be Saturday.

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  • Gabe Vincent MIA PG
    Heat's Gabe Vincent: Back on injury report
    4h ago

    Vincent (hamstring) is questionable for Thursday's Game 2 against Boston.

    As has been the case for the entire postseason, Vincent remains on the injury report despite no tangible evidence that he's actually injured. Vincent started in place of Kyle Lowry (hamstring) in Game 1 and finished with 17 points, two rebounds and three assists in 34 minutes. With Lowry already ruled out for Game 2, Vincent should be in line for another start.

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  • Sam Hauser BOS SF
    Celtics' Sam Hauser: Out again Thursday
    4h ago

    Hauser (shoulder) is out for Thursday's Game 2 against the Heat.

    Hauser continues to deal with a right shoulder instability episode. Even when healthy, it would be surprising to see him take the floor in the postseason.

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  • Marcus Smart BOS PG
    Celtics' Marcus Smart: Probable for Game 2
    4h ago

    Smart (foot) is probable for Thursday's Game 2 against the Heat, Brian Robb of The Springfield Republican reports.

    Smart was held out of Game 1 due to a right foot sprain, with the Celtics losing 118-107. Al Horford (COVID-19), who was out for Game 1, is expected to be sidelined for Game 2 as well, but Boston should at least get back Smart. In the playoffs, the guard has averaged 15.0 points, 6.2 assists, 3.7 rebounds and 1.1 steals in 36.5 minutes. It remains to be seen if Smart will be on a minutes limit in his return. That information could arrive closer to tipoff.

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  • Al Horford BOS PF
    Celtics' Al Horford: 'Highly unlikely' to play in Game 2
    8h ago

    Horford (COVID-19 protocols) is "highly unlikely" to play in Thursday's Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals, Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports reports. He is officially doubtful.

    Haynes relays that there's a "minuscule" chance the veteran could be cleared for Game 2, so Boston is anticipating being without its starting forward for a second consecutive game. Luckily, Robert Williams returned from a four-game absence due to knee soreness and looked great in Game 1, so he -- along with Grant Williams -- will likely once again be asked to play heavy minutes in Horford's expected absence.

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  • Robert Williams III BOS C
    Celtics' Robert Williams: Strong performance in return
    9h ago

    Williams registered 18 points (6-8 FG, 6-7 FT), nine rebounds, one assist and two blocks over 28 minutes during Tuesday's 118-107 loss to the Heat in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

    Williams returned from a four-game absence due to knee soreness and provided his best all-around performance of the playoffs. The talented big man had to leave the contest for a brief stint due to a cramping issue, but he's expected to be good to go for Game 2.

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  • Robert Williams III BOS C
    Celtics' Robert Williams: Rejoins starting five
    1d ago

    Williams will start Tuesday's Game 1 against the Heat, Jared Weiss of The Athletic reports.

    With Al Horford (COVID-19) landing in the league's health and safety protocols just hours before tipoff, Williams will rejoin the starting unit for the first time since Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals. The center will not have a minutes restriction going forward and should see a full workload Tuesday against the Heat.

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  • Derrick Favors OKC C
    Thunder's Derrick Favors: Exercises player option for 2022-23
    1d ago

    Favors (back) opted into his $10.2 million player option for the 2022-23 season, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.

    Favors missed the final 17 games of the 2021-22 campaign due to a back issue, but the veteran is expected to be healthy by the start of next season. He averaged career lows in points (5.3) and rebounds (4.7) while playing 16.7 minutes per game across 39 appearances during his first year with the Thunder and will likely garner a similar backup role during the 2022-23 campaign.

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  • Brook Lopez MIL C
    Bucks' Brook Lopez: Double-doubles in Game 7 loss
    2d ago

    Lopez had 15 points (6-12 FG, 1-6 3Pt, 2-2 FT), 10 rebounds and three blocks over 37 minutes during Sunday's 109-81 loss to the Celtics in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals.

    After back-to-back subpar performances, Lopez asserted himself early in Game 7 and finished with his second double-double of the series. He also registered at least three blocks for the third time this postseason. The veteran big man averaged 8.7 points, 7.0 rebounds and 1.4 blocks during the second-round series against the Celtics, but it wasn't enough for Milwaukee to advance.

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  • Robert Williams III BOS C
    Celtics' Robert Williams: No restrictions moving forward
    2d ago

    Celtics head coach Ime Udoka said Monday that Williams (knee) will be available and have no minutes restriction during the Eastern Conference Finals, Souichi Terada of The Springfield Republican reports.

    After missing Games 4, 5 and 6 of the second-round series against the Bucks with irritation in his knee, Williams was cleared for Game 7, but he never saw the floor during Boston's convincing win. Given Udoka's statements, Williams will likely reclaim his spot in the starting lineup for Tuesday's Game 1 clash against the Heat.

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  • Deandre Ayton PHO C
    Suns' Deandre Ayton: Plays 17 minutes in Game 7 beatdown
    3d ago

    Ayton ended Sunday's 123-90 loss to the Mavericks in Game 7 of the Western Conference Semifinals with five points (2-5 FG, 1-4 FT), four rebounds, two assists and one steal over 17 minutes.

    Foul trouble was mostly to blame for Ayton's low minute total, as he picked up his third personal with just under four minutes to play in the second quarter. When Ayton exited, Phoenix trailed by 18 points, but by halftime the Mavs' lead ballooned to 30. With the Suns looking for any sort of offensive spark, Ayton sat for much of the second half before it became clear that the game was out of reach and Monty Williams dipped deeper into his bench. This was easily Ayton's worst statistical effort of the postseason. The big man had found success earlier in the series, averaging 17.5 points, 8.8 rebounds and shooting 59.5 percent from the field in Games 1 through 6. After he and the Suns failed to agree on a contract extension prior to the season, Ayton will head into the summer as a restricted free agent. As such, Phoenix will have the right to match any offer Ayton receives, but it remains unclear just how much the Suns, and owner Robert Sarver, will be willing to pay for the No. 1 overall pick in 2018.

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  • Al Horford BOS PF
    Celtics' Al Horford: 'Highly unlikely' to play in Game 2
    8h ago

    Horford (COVID-19 protocols) is "highly unlikely" to play in Thursday's Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals, Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports reports. He is officially doubtful.

    Haynes relays that there's a "minuscule" chance the veteran could be cleared for Game 2, so Boston is anticipating being without its starting forward for a second consecutive game. Luckily, Robert Williams returned from a four-game absence due to knee soreness and looked great in Game 1, so he -- along with Grant Williams -- will likely once again be asked to play heavy minutes in Horford's expected absence.

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  • P.J. Tucker MIA PF
    Heat's P.J. Tucker: Starting second half
    23h ago

    Tucker (ankle) has returned to the court and will start the second half of Tuesday's Game 1 against Boston, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.

    It appears Tucker was able to shake off the injury back in the Miami locker room, so he'll be available as the Heat start the second half of Game 1. He finished the first half with two points, three rebounds, two assists and a steal.

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  • P.J. Tucker MIA PF
    Heat's P.J. Tucker: Exits to locker room
    1d ago

    Tucker appeared to suffer a right ankle injury during the second quarter of Tuesday's Game 1 against Boston and limped to the locker room shortly thereafter, Tim Reynolds of the Associated Press reports.

    Tucker was limping substantially as he made his way back to the Miami locker room, but the extent of the injury remains unclear at this time. If he's unable to return to the game, Caleb Martin could see increased run in the second half of Game 1.

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  • P.J. Tucker MIA PF
    Heat's P.J. Tucker: Cleared for Game 1
    1d ago

    Tucker (calf) will play in Tuesday's Game 1 against Boston, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.

    As has been the case throughout the playoffs, Tucker's calf injury is no longer a concern, but the Heat continue to include him on their injury report. He'll be available for his usual, full workload.

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  • Al Horford BOS PF
    Celtics' Al Horford: In protocols, out Game 1
    1d ago

    Horford was placed in health and safety protocols and is a late scratch for Tuesday's Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Heat, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.

    This is a huge loss for the Celtics, and Marcus Smart (foot) will be sidelined as well. It's not clear how long Horford will be out, but his status for Thursday's Game 2 looks to be murky, at best. Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports that the Celtics are "prepared for the likely scenario" that Horford remains out for Game 2. His absence should push Robert Williams and Daniel Theis into more prominent roles. Williams didn't play in Game 7 of Round 2 against the Bucks despite being listed as available. However, coach Ime Udoka said Williams has no restrictions moving forward.

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  • P.J. Tucker MIA PF
    Heat's P.J. Tucker: Back on injury report
    2d ago

    Tucker (calf) is listed as questionable for Tuesday's Game 1 against the Celtics.

    Once again, there's no reason to believe Tucker is still bothered by his calf injury, but the Heat continue to list him on the injury report anyway. It's unclear if this is a misplaced effort at gamesmanship by Miami, but Tucker's status is not in any jeopardy. The defensive-minded veteran averaged 8.2 points, 5.2 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.2 made threes per game in Round 2 against Philly.

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  • Sam Hauser BOS SF
    Celtics' Sam Hauser: Out again Thursday
    4h ago

    Hauser (shoulder) is out for Thursday's Game 2 against the Heat.

    Hauser continues to deal with a right shoulder instability episode. Even when healthy, it would be surprising to see him take the floor in the postseason.

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  • Jimmy Butler MIA SF
    Heat's Jimmy Butler: Superstar performance in Game 1
    9h ago

    Butler ended with 41 points (12-19 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 17-18 FT), nine rebounds, five assists, three blocks and four steals over 41 minutes during Tuesday's 118-107 victory over the Celtics in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

    Butler was aggressive early and often, earning 18 trips to the free-throw line en route to his third game of the playoffs with at least 40 points. The All-Star forward was also a menace on defense, registering four steals for the second time during the postseason and blocking a season-high three shots. Miami will likely need another dominating performance from Butler in Game 2 if they hope to head to Boston with a 2-0 advantage.

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  • Jayson Tatum BOS SF
    Celtics' Jayson Tatum: Struggles from deep in loss
    9h ago

    Tatum registered 29 points (10-21 FG, 2-9 3Pt, 7-9 FT), eight rebounds, six assists, one block and four steals over 44 minutes during Tuesday's 118-107 loss to Miami in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

    Tatum asserted himself early in Game 1 as Boston jumped out to a first-half lead, but his lack of efficiency from deep ultimately hindered Boston from maintaining the advantage. If Marcus Smart (foot) and Al Horford (COVID-19 protocols) remain sidelined for Game 2, the Celtics will need a superstar performance from Tatum to avoid a 2-0 hole.

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  • Caleb Martin MIA SF
    Heat's Caleb Martin: Will be available
    1d ago

    Martin (ankle) will play in Tuesday's Game 1 against Boston, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.

    Martin is one of several players who continues to land on the injury report despite not actually being injured. He could pick up a few minutes off the bench, but his role was fairly limited to close out the Heat's Round 2 series against Philly.

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  • Otto Porter Jr. GS SF
    Warriors' Otto Porter: Off injury report
    1d ago

    Porter (foot) is off the injury report for Wednesday's Game 1 against the Mavericks.

    Porter had scored in double digits in back-to-back games before getting hurt in Game 5 and ultimately sitting out Game 6 of the second-round series against Memphis. Prior to his injury, he averaged 5.3 points, 4.3 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.0 steals in 22.4 minutes in the postseason.

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  • Caleb Martin MIA SF
    Heat's Caleb Martin: Shockingly lands on injury report
    2d ago

    Martin (ankle) is listed as questionable for Tuesday's Game 1 against the Celtics.

    Martin was battling a sprained left ankle near the end of Miami's Round 1 series against Atlanta, and ever since then the team has insisted on keeping his name on the injury report. Martin is yet to miss any time, however, and there's no indication that he's still hampered by the injury.

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  • Max Strus MIA SG
    Heat's Max Strus: Questionable for Game 2
    4h ago

    Strus (hamstring) is questionable for Thursday's Game 2 against Boston.

    Strus continues to be listed as questionable due to a right hamstring strain, but he should be able to play once again Thursday. He logged 11 points, four rebounds, two assists and two steals in 30 minutes during Tuesday's Game 1 win.

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  • Jaylen Brown BOS SG
    Celtics' Jaylen Brown: Double-double not enough
    9h ago

    Brown racked up 24 points (7-17 FG, 4-8 3Pt, 6-10 FT), 10 rebounds, three assists and one steal across 43 minutes during Tuesday's 118-107 loss to the Heat in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

    Brown notched his second 20-point, double-double of the playoffs, but it wasn't enough as the Celtics fumbled a double-digit halftime lead. Brown has been a consistent producer for Boston during the playoffs, but if Marcus Smart (foot) and Al Horford (COVID-19 protocols) remain sidelined for Game 2, they'll need him to reach superstar status to avoid a 2-0 hole.

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  • Derrick White BOS SG
    Celtics' Derrick White: Starting for Smart
    1d ago

    White will start Tuesday's Game 1 against the Heat, Tim Bontemps of ESPN.com reports.

    White will make his second start of the postseason with Marcus Smart (foot) sidelined. White played 28-plus minutes in four of the seven games in Boston's last series against the Bucks.

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  • Max Strus MIA SG
    Heat's Max Strus: Cleared to play
    1d ago

    Strus (hamstring) will play in Tuesday's Game 1 against Boston, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.

    Strus is one of several players who the Heat continue to include on their injury reports, despite the fact that he's not injured. Expect Strus to start at his usual two-guard spot Tuesday.

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  • Max Strus MIA SG
    Heat's Max Strus: On injury report again
    2d ago

    Strus (hamstring) is listed as questionable for Tuesday's Game 1 against the Celtics.

    As has been the case for most of the postseason, Strus is not actually injured, but the Heat continue to give him a phantom designation for unknown reasons. In Round 2 against Philly, Strus did not miss any time, nor did he face any limitations. He finished out the series with 20 points, 11 rebounds and five assists in Miami's Game 6 victory.

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  • Devin Booker PHO SG
    Suns' Devin Booker: Goes 3-of-14, Suns lose by 33
    3d ago

    Booker closed Sunday's 123-90 loss to the Mavericks in Game 7 of the Western Conference Semifinals with 11 points (3-14 FG, 0-4 3Pt, 5-6 FT), three rebounds, two assists and one steal over 37 minutes.

    This was a rough way for Booker's season to end, as the Suns fell behind early, scored only 10 points in the second quarter and never recovered. Booker's 11 points were his fewest in any game since Feb. 5, and he failed to hit a single three-pointer for the second straight contest after also struggling in Game 6 (19 points, 6-17 FG, 0-4 3Pt). At age 26, Booker is entering the prime years of his career, but with 37-year-old Chris Paul as his co-star, and Deandre Ayton's future with the Suns up in the air, it's possible that Phoenix has squandered its best chance to win a title with its current core.

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  • Kyle Lowry MIA PG
    Heat's Kyle Lowry: Remains out for Game 2
    4h ago

    Lowry (hamstring) has been ruled out for Thursday's Game 2 against the Celtics.

    Lowry has dealt with a sore left hamstring for most of the playoffs, and he'll be forced to miss a fourth consecutive game. Gabe Vincent (hamstring) should draw another start for Miami if he's available for Game 2, while Lowry's next chance to return will be Saturday.

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  • Gabe Vincent MIA PG
    Heat's Gabe Vincent: Back on injury report
    4h ago

    Vincent (hamstring) is questionable for Thursday's Game 2 against Boston.

    As has been the case for the entire postseason, Vincent remains on the injury report despite no tangible evidence that he's actually injured. Vincent started in place of Kyle Lowry (hamstring) in Game 1 and finished with 17 points, two rebounds and three assists in 34 minutes. With Lowry already ruled out for Game 2, Vincent should be in line for another start.

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  • Marcus Smart BOS PG
    Celtics' Marcus Smart: Probable for Game 2
    4h ago

    Smart (foot) is probable for Thursday's Game 2 against the Heat, Brian Robb of The Springfield Republican reports.

    Smart was held out of Game 1 due to a right foot sprain, with the Celtics losing 118-107. Al Horford (COVID-19), who was out for Game 1, is expected to be sidelined for Game 2 as well, but Boston should at least get back Smart. In the playoffs, the guard has averaged 15.0 points, 6.2 assists, 3.7 rebounds and 1.1 steals in 36.5 minutes. It remains to be seen if Smart will be on a minutes limit in his return. That information could arrive closer to tipoff.

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  • Marcus Smart BOS PG
    Celtics' Marcus Smart: 'Aiming' for Game 2 return
    8h ago

    Smart (foot) is "aiming" to make his return during Thursday's Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals, Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports reports.

    Smart presumably suffered the foot injury during Sunday's Game 7 win over the Bucks and was subsequently sidelined for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals. Boston fumbled a double-digit halftime lead to Miami on Tuesday, so Smart's return would likely be a big boost for Game 2. However, Haynes says that the point guard's status depends on how his foot responds to treatment during Boston's day off.

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  • Tyler Herro MIA PG
    Heat's Tyler Herro: Scores 18 points off bench
    9h ago

    Herro accumulated 18 points (7-15 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 3-3 FT), eight rebounds, three assists and one steal in 27 minutes during Tuesday's 118-107 victory over Boston in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

    Herro finished second on the team in scoring behind Jimmy Butler (41) and extended his double-digit scoring streak to eight games. During that stretch, the Sixth Man of the Year has averaged 15.3 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.9 assists in 27.6 minutes per game.

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  • Gabe Vincent MIA PG
    Heat's Gabe Vincent: Strong performance as starter
    9h ago

    Vincent racked up 17 points (5-10 FG, 3-7 3Pt, 4-4 FT), two rebounds, three assists and three blocks across 34 minutes during Tuesday's 118-107 win over Boston in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

    Vincent finished with a playoff-high 17 points and added a season-high three blocks during the convincing Game 1 win. With Kyle Lowry (hamstring) in and out of the lineup, Vincent has drawn seven starts during the postseason and averaged 10.9 points, 3.6 assists and 3.1 rebounds during those contests.

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