Marcus Smart has a bruised proper quad — banged a number of instances throughout Game 1 in opposition to the Bucks — that has affected his availability for Game 2 Tuesday night time within the Garden.
Ime Udoka stated the purpose guard is questionable due to the harm, which has been a difficulty for a while.
“He got a pretty bad quad contusion,” the Celtics coach stated after Monday’s apply. “Got hit twice I think during the game and he’s a tough guy that’s gonna try to play through things and we’ll give them some treatment today and see how he feels tomorrow, but he’ll be listed as questionable.”
Smart, who has loved the perfect season of his profession now that Udoka has made him the place to begin guard and full-time initiator of the offense, has typically performed via the harm this season.
On Sunday, after operating off the ground at one level within the first quarter to have the quad and a proper shoulder “stinger” handled, Smart returned solely to irritate the harm once more throughout a 3rd quarter collision. He remained on the ground lengthy after play had gone down the opposite finish of the ground, earlier than slowly strolling again to mid-court.
His previous file of enjoying via accidents thought-about, Smart’s standing is regarding contemplating his downgrade to “questionable.”
“It’s bruised. I’d say more than just pain tolerance, though,” stated Udoka. “Something that’s going to be stiff. He got hit twice there and has had this in the past where he had to miss some games obviously this year. And so it’s more so than just pain tolerance. There’s some tightness and some restriction with movement as well. And so that’s what we’ll spend today getting the treatment, see how he feels in the morning, get some more treatment and see how he feels game time.”
White seems to be to rebound
Derrick White spent further time engaged on his floater Monday, after lacking two open layups in a tough begin to his Game 1 expertise. Though he caught a late-game groove with two 3-pointers, White, like his teammates, has to discover a higher means of attacking Milwaukee’s paint-packing protection.
Milwaukee had nice success contesting and selecting up the Celtics guards at mid-court, speeding them into actions.
“We definitely missed some looks usually we make. But I mean, there were a lot of times we were rushed or could’ve got a better look,” he stated. “That’s what they’re giving up defensively. So we’ll search for open photographs that we are able to knock down and we’ll do a greater job tomorrow.
“I mean, just, settling things down,” White stated of what he can do. “Just getting us into something in the many sets we have. When they’re pressuring you, sometimes you have to go by them and make a play from there. Just a good balance for me to what they’re doing and try not to be sped up.”
As for his personal scoring — these two 3-pointers have been White’s first since Game 1 of the Brooklyn sequence — a few made threes ought to assist confidence-wise.
“Yeah, it felt good. It’s something that I’ve been working with the coaching staff,” he stated. “Just good to see the ball go in. I felt like I had a couple that go in and out, so just to good to see it go in and build off of that.”
“Just staying in it. A lot of times I fade back or start leaning back. Just staying in it each and every time and just getting a good shot off every time.”
A painful encounter
The crowd was momentarily shocked, not lengthy after Smart’s run to the locker room, to see Rob Williams gingerly hurrying into the participant tunnel. Let’s simply say that after getting inadvertently kicked within the groin space by Giannis Antetokounmpo, Williams wanted some place out of public view to work out his aches.
“Um, thankfully I made it out. The trainers said you have to go to the back and shake it off, have to check out wood,” he stated. “So I checked out wooden. It’s a stinger, man. A stinger for positive.
“It took a minute, I ain’t gonna lie to you, to deal with the pain.”