Celtics' Derrick White to miss Game 2 for birth of child, Marcus Smart upgraded to 'probable'

同时, Marcus Smart is expected to rejoin the Celtics after missing the series opener with a foot sprain, the team announced earlier.

Celtics updated their injury report on Thursday to reflect White’s absence, which listed him as out due topersonal reasons,” but head coach Ime Udoka clarified it was because White’s wife was having a baby much sooner than expected.

Derrick White of the Boston Celtics dribbles during Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals on May 17, 2022, at FTX Arena in Miami, 佛罗里达.

Derrick White of the Boston Celtics dribbles during Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals on May 17, 2022, at FTX Arena in Miami, 佛罗里达. (David Dow/NBAE via Getty Images)

You don’t want to say it’s a tough situation. We knew he was expecting a baby soon,” 乌多卡说. “Things happen in life and we always support our guys.

Smart could possibly rejoin the team for Game 2 after he did not play on Monday night because of a mid-foot sprain he sustained during Boston’s Game 7 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks.

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Udoka told reporters his return wasprobable.

Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks drives to the basket against the Celtics during Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals at TD Garden on May 15, 2022, 在波士顿.

Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks drives to the basket against the Celtics during Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals at TD Garden on May 15, 2022, 在波士顿. (Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)

When he goes before the game, we’ll know from there, but he looked better in shootaround today and overall we expect him to play.

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Also making a return will be Al Horford who entered into the NBA’s health and safety protocols for the third time this season. The Celtics announced late Thursday afternoon that his status had been upgraded toavailable.

Al Horford of the Celtics dunks the ball against the Milwaukee Bucks at TD Garden on May 15, 2022, 在波士顿.

Al Horford of the Celtics dunks the ball against the Milwaukee Bucks at TD Garden on May 15, 2022, 在波士顿. (Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)

Miami will be looking to take a 2-0 铅 when they host Boston in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals tonight at 8:30 和.

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