Good news for Boston. Al Horford, placed in Covid protocol before Game 1 of the NBA Eastern Conference Final against Miami (118-107 defeat), is available for Game 2 of the series, Thursday night to Friday (2:30 a.m.). The Celtics announced it on Thursday. “He feels good. It’s something unexpected.” Boston coach Ime Udoka said of his 35-year-old Dominican interior.
Marcus Smart could also play the game. Injured in the foot during game 7 of the semi-final against Milwaukee (109-81), the defensive leader of the Celtics will play if the last tests look conclusive. “He is better but still needs to do some tests, announced Udoka. We expect him to play. »
On the other hand, Derrick White, who replaced Smart in Game 1, will be absent. He left the team to be with his wife for the birth of their first child. Sam Hauser, injured in the shoulder, is also forfeited.