Marcus Smart, Al Horford officially back for Game 2

Marcus Smart, Al Horford officially back for Game 2

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Marcus Smart, Al Horford officially back for Game 2

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Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
Al Horford said the Celtics had to ‘hold things down’ for Derrick White as he left team for birth of his child: masslive.com/celtics/2022/0…12:17 AM
Jared Weiss @JaredWeissNBA
How did Jayson Tatum find out Al Horford was playing tonight?
“I seen that (Celtics) Instagram post when he was flexing and they said he was available, so I was excited.” – 12:13 AM
Jared Weiss @JaredWeissNBA
Al Horford on watching Game 1 from afar: “Oh man, that was hard. That definitely was tough to watch, just not being there with the guys…But I felt like we were able to learn from it and respond. We did a good job of that tonight.” – 12:00 AM
Jay King @ByJayKing
Al Horford on watching the third quarter of Game 1: “That was hard. That was tough to watch. Just not being there with the guys. … It was hard, but I felt like we were able to learn from it and respond.” – 11:59 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Al Horford doesn’t want to get into the kinds of things he was saying watching Game 1 by himself: “(laughs) Oh man…that was hard. It was hard.” – 11:59 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Al Horford on rejoining the Celtics: “It was just happiness. You know, we’re missing D White, but he’s handling bigger things. Much bigger things. We’re holding it down for him.” – 11:58 PM
Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
Al Horford on Derrick White: “He’s handling bigger things than what we are doing tonight. We are holding it down for him.” – 11:58 PM
Jay King @ByJayKing
Al Horford on when he rejoined the Celtics: “It was on the bus that I first got to see them. It was just happiness.” – 11:57 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Al Horford showing Grant Williams some love: “Grant’s been playing so great. And we’re asking a lot of him and he’s delivering.” – 11:57 PM
Brady Hawk @BradyHawk305
Al Horford:
“Miami does a good job with it (the zone).”
“They came out and were hitting tough shots, and we just stayed the course.” – 11:57 PM
John Karalis @John_Karalis
Horford says he felt off and felt like he needed to get tested.
So it appears he tested positive and then quickly tested out? Maybe he had it and this was the tail end? False positive? – 11:56 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Al Horford: “It was important for us to come out and get this win at all costs.” – 11:55 PM
Jared Weiss @JaredWeissNBA
Al Horford explains his COVID roller coaster: “Felt a little off, felt like I needed to get tested. Tuesday we got the news and then subsequently got tested again and again and was finally able to get cleared. A lot of emotions and throughout it all, was able to stay locked in.” – 11:55 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
Horford said he felt a “little off” and felt like he needed to be tested, thus being placed in the Health and Safety protocols. #Celtics #Heat11:54 PM
Jay King @ByJayKing
Al Horford said there was “a lot of uncertainty” over the past 48 hours for him. Said he felt a little off and felt the need to get tested. Eventually, he was cleared to play tonight. – 11:54 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Al Horford on the last couple of days: “I felt a little off. Felt I had to get tested. Then we tested the last couple of days, again and again. And I’m happy I was able to get back out there.” – 11:54 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Al Horford: “At the end of the day, I’m very grateful to have the opportunity to play tonight and get back with the team. This was a big game for us.” – 11:53 PM
Jay King @ByJayKing
Al Horford: “Definitely a lot going on, but at the end of the day I’m very grateful to have the opportunity to play tonight and get back with the team. This was a big game for us.” – 11:53 PM
Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
Al Horford on last two days: “A lot going on but at the end of the day, I’m very grateful to have opportunity to play tonight and get back with the team.” – 11:53 PM
Jared Weiss @JaredWeissNBA
Marcus Smart: “Al’s 35, 36, and he’s still moving like he’s 22.” – 11:44 PM
Jared Weiss @JaredWeissNBA
Marcus Smart, former stretch 6: “I think everybody in the organization & the world has seen what I can do at the point guard position.” – 11:43 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Marcus Smart on being trusted to be the Celtics point guard: “It feels great. That’s who I am. The whole world is seeing what I can do at the point guard position.” – 11:43 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Marcus Smart: “We said we were going to get the loose balls, cut the turnovers and let our defense do what we do.” – 11:42 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Marcus Smart: “We just wanted to come in and be the harder playing team tonight.” – 11:42 PM
Jared Weiss @JaredWeissNBA
Marcus Smart: “Tonight that was the main goal: we can’t let them out hustle us.” – 11:41 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Marcus Smart: “The beauty of this team is that we got to play through adversity this season.” – 11:40 PM
Brady Hawk @BradyHawk305
Marcus Smart on coming in after that game 1 loss to the Heat:
“We’re playing against a really really really good Miami team. You make mistakes, they make you pay for them.”
Says he came out in the mode to get Tatum and Brown in their spots tonight – 11:40 PM
Jared Weiss @JaredWeissNBA
Marcus Smart on Jimmy Butler: “Jimmy’s a warrior, man. Jimmy’s been doing this a long time…I love going up against Jimmy any time I can. As a defensive player, as a competitor, he’s going to make you work, he’s going to make you better.” – 11:40 PM
Jay King @ByJayKing
Marcus Smart: “Jimmy’s a warrior, man. … I love going against Jimmy any time that I can.” – 11:39 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Marcus Smart on defending Jimmy Butler: “It’s tough. Jimmy’s a warrior, man.” – 11:39 PM
Jared Weiss @JaredWeissNBA
Marcus Smart: “I just kept telling myself: Game 2, you’re playing.”
Said he was doing pool workouts, but not sure if that’s a weight-bearing thing or we’re just in Miami. – 11:39 PM
Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
Five Degrees of Heat from Thursday night’s 127-102 loss to the Celtics: sun-sentinel.com/sports/miami-h…
1. Finished at the start.
2. Jimmy Butler faces stiffer challenge.
3. P.J. Tucker ailing again.
4. Even Duncan Robinson gets a shot.
5. Marcus Smart, Al Horford solid in returns. – 11:38 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Marcus Smart: “I hoped I could get back. We didn’t want to risk it Game 1. But I told myself, ‘Game 2, you playin’. I don’t care how much you’re hurting.'” – 11:38 PM
Jay King @ByJayKing
Marcus Smart: “I just kept telling myself: ‘Game 2, you’re playing.'” Said he did whatever he could to speed up the recovery. – 11:38 PM
Joe Vardon @joevardon
Quick react: Marcus Smart returns and blew up the Heat, tying this series for the Boston Celtics @The Athletic theathletic.com/news/celtics-h…11:26 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
More from Ime Udoka on Marcus Smart: “I’m not the type of coach that wants to call a play every time down. I trust him to make the right play. He does a good job of getting us into stuff, making the right read and finding the hot hand.” – 11:21 PM
Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
Marcus Smart set a new postseason high this year for points (24) and assists (12) in Game 2. More takeaways masslive.com/celtics/2022/0…11:20 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Ime Udoka on Marcus Smart: “He sets the tone. Defensive Player of the Year for a reason.” – 11:20 PM
Jared Weiss @JaredWeissNBA
Ime Udoka on Marcus Smart’s return: “He sets the tone. Defensive Player of the Year for a reason.” – 11:19 PM
Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
Ime Udoka on Marcus Smart: “He sets the tone.” – 11:18 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Ime Udoka on having Al Horford and Marcus Smart back: “Great to have the vets back, obviously. Calming presence there.” – 11:15 PM
Mark Murphy @Murf56
Marcus Smart’s wild night concludes with 24 points, five 3-pointers, nine rebounds, 12 assists, three steals, and 8-22 shooting in 40 minutes. And 1 turnover. – 11:13 PM
Kevin O’Connor @KevinOConnorNBA
Marcus Smart did it all tonight. Tone-setting effort on defense getting in the passing lanes, switching, hustling, crashing the boards. Defended Jimmy Butler for 31 plays holding him to just 9 points, per @SecondSpectrum. Plus playmaking and scoring. A star-level performance. pic.twitter.com/duqAatKZJ011:10 PM

Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
#Celtics beat up on #Heat 127-102 to even series at 1-1. Tatum 27, Brown 24, Smart 24, GWilliams 19, Horford 10; Butler 29, Vincent 14. – 11:04 PM
Chris Fedor @ChrisFedor
Marcus Smart YR 2: 27.7 MIN, 9.1 PTS, 34.8 FG, 25.3 3P, 42.7 2P, 77 FT, 4.2 REB, 3.0 AST, 1.5 STL, 11.3 PER, 2.9 WS, 0.4 VORP, -1.0 BPM
#Cavs Isaac Okoro YR 2: 29.6 MIN, 8.8 PTS, 48.0 FG, 35.0 3P, 55.5 2P, 76.8 FT, 3.0 REB, 1.8 AST, 0.8 STL, 10.4 PER, 4.2 WS, 0.1 VORP, -1.7 BPM – 11:03 PM
Jared Weiss @JaredWeissNBA
127-102 Celtics win as they nail every facet of their game plan and find their balance with Marcus Smart and Al Horford back to solve problems and take some insane shots in Smart’s case. – 11:03 PM
Chris Forsberg @ChrisForsberg_
Marcus Smart finishes one rebound shy of triple-double in return from foot injury.
24 PTS
12 AST
9 REB
3 STL
40 MIN
+31 – 10:52 PM
StatMuse @statmuse
Marcus Smart did everything in his return.
24 PTS
9 REB
12 AST (1 TOV)
3 STL
5 3PM
He was +32. No other starter was higher than +16. pic.twitter.com/G35vkm3rwi10:51 PM

Austin Krell @NBAKrell
Marcus Smart making approx $19m per year over the next 4 years feels like a bit of an underpay. – 10:50 PM
Jay King @ByJayKing
Not sure why the Celtics still have Marcus Smart in the game with 6:18 left. They’re up 32 points and he missed the last game with a sprained foot. He has already played 40 minutes. Makes no sense to me. Must be triple-double hunting, but he should just take some rest instead. – 10:50 PM
Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
Marcus Smart has 17 second half points in 17 minutes. – 10:47 PM
Nick Friedell @NickFriedell
Jimmy Butler went to the free throw line 18 times in Game 1.
He has gone to the foul line just eight times with Marcus Smart back on the floor tonight. – 10:43 PM
Adam Himmelsbach @AdamHimmelsbach
Marcus Smart through three quarters: 21 points 10 assists, 7 rebounds, 3 steals, +31. Sheesh. – 10:41 PM
Trae Young @TheTraeYoung
Marcus Smart makes a huge difference for them ! He Hoopin🔥 – 10:41 PM
Jared Weiss @JaredWeissNBA
Marcus Smart is three boards shy of his second career 20-point triple-double – 10:41 PM
Denzel Valentine @denzelvalentine
Marcus Smart different ‼️ – 10:40 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
You wouldn’t know it from his stat-line, but Al Horford has had a very good game. Especially on defense. – 10:38 PM
A. Sherrod Blakely @ASherrodblakely
The Heat made a push in the 3Q, but the Celtics closed out the quarter strong and take a 96-71 lead into the 4th. Tatum has 27 pts, 5 rebounds, 5 assists. Marcus Smart has played strong ‘D’ along with 18 pts, 8 assists and 5 rebounds. – 10:33 PM
Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
Marcus Smart having himself a quarter. – 10:29 PM
Austin Kent @AustinKent
Marcus Smart is too nasty this season. I’m sorry. #NBATopShotThis pic.twitter.com/SthGLY3nUf10:28 PM

Jared Weiss @JaredWeissNBA
Marcus Smart broke Max Strus’ ankles and Malik Fitts jumped out of his seat and started yanking on an invisible lasso like he wrangled a cattle – 10:25 PM
Deonte Burton @DeonteBurton
Omg Marcus smart two way player! I love his game!!!!! – 10:25 PM
John Karalis @John_Karalis
Big steal and bucket by Marcus Smart there. Butler was rolling and the C’s needed something to stop the momentum. Lead is 19 but with 2:24 left and Rob coming back, a chance to rebuild it heading into the 4th – 10:24 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
I’d like to see Boston run a couple of actions involving Horford here. He hasn’t been involved enough tonight. – 10:22 PM
Jay King @ByJayKing
Marcus Smart’s first turnover came after he got a great steal and tried to save it to a teammate. He hasn’t shot well, obviously, but doing so much to help the Celtics anyway. – 10:17 PM
A. Sherrod Blakely @ASherrodblakely
Good adjustment by the Celtics on Miami’s hard blitz of Tatum, who gave the ball up quickly to Marcus Smart, eventually got it back and now he’s at the free-throw line where he knocked down a pair. – 10:16 PM
Jonathan Wasserman @NBADraftWass
Out of OK State I remember describing Marcus Smart as just a two-way weapon. Only sensible label. Not a PG or SG or playmaker or scorer. Just a weapon for your team. Kinda how I’m starting to picture Dyson Daniels. – 10:15 PM
Chase Hughes @ChaseHughesNBCS
Marcus Smart with a conference finals Shaqtin pic.twitter.com/1BtPLT7Gvv10:10 PM

Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
Marcus Smart with a 8/0 assist-to-turnover ratio in his return. – 10:10 PM
Jared Weiss @JaredWeissNBA
Marcus Smart is the biggest enigma in NBA history. His game makes absolutely no sense. – 10:07 PM
Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
Celtics not named Marcus Smart are shooting 76.6 percent tonight. – 10:04 PM
Jay King @ByJayKing
What an electric miss by Marcus Smart there lol. – 10:03 PM
Adam Himmelsbach @AdamHimmelsbach
Al Horford and Udonis Haslem having a little old guys Florida chat – 10:02 PM
Mark Murphy @Murf56
Marcus Smart had a wild first half – 7 points, 2-11 (1-5), 5 rebounds, 7 assists, 1 steal. – 9:52 PM
Kevin O’Connor @KevinOConnorNBA
The Celtics defense switched on 13 pick-and-rolls in the first half and the Heat scored just 2 points, per @SecondSpectrum.
Massive difference with Al Horford and Marcus Smart out there. – 9:47 PM
Nick Friedell @NickFriedell
The Heat are getting absolutely demolished. Miami has had no answers since Grant Williams got on the floor. Not surprisingly, the Celtics’ defense looks a lot different with Smart and Horford back. The Celtics have taken the crowd out of the game completely. – 9:35 PM
John Karalis @John_Karalis
Marcus Smart’s defense on Butler deserved better than the C’s giving up an offensive rebound and dunk to Bam – 9:33 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Having Marcus Smart and Al Horford is a lot better than not having Marcus Smart and Al Horford IMO. – 9:32 PM
A. Sherrod Blakely @ASherrodblakely
The #Celtics clearly saw on film that if guys run hard along the baseline, those are lay-ups with the proper dribble-drive penetration by Marcus Smart who has found both Grant Williams and Jayson Tatum for easy layups tonight. – 9:21 PM
Tas Melas @TasMelas
Tyler Herro changed Game 1 with his pick and roll game but Al Horford switching out on to him and not dropping slowed him to start tonight. – 9:14 PM
Joe Vardon @joevardon
Jaylen Brown opens with three 3s and 11 points, and the Celtics showed their muscle with Smart and Horford back. Miami has gotten caught in a couple double teams that have led to open Celtics 3s, and they’ve made nine of them. – 9:14 PM
Michael Grange @michaelgrange
Celtics have a lot more answers on both ends with Smart and Horford playing. Impressive 1st Q. – 9:13 PM
Vivek Jacob @vivekmjacob
Horford-G Williams frontcourt is a problem – 9:13 PM
John Schuhmann @johnschuhmann
Celtics scored 20 points on a stretch of 8 possessions late in the first.
Defense was the bigger issue, but the Heat, for some reason, ran pick-and-roll at Al Horford for most of that stretch. – 9:12 PM
Abby Chin @tvabby
Marcus Smart and Al Horford played the entire first quarter in their returns. #Celtics went from 10-down to 11-up for a 35-24 lead. – 9:12 PM
Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
Early Game 2 analysis: Marcus Smart and Al Horford are helpful for Celtics. – 9:05 PM
A. Sherrod Blakely @ASherrodblakely
Marcus Smart (2 assists) and Al Horford (3 pts) have done some positive things so far, but the Heat’s 3-point shooting (3-for-4) has been a problem early on. Miami leads 15-8. Time-out Boston; 8:04 to play in the first quarter. – 8:53 PM
Brady Hawk @BradyHawk305
Max Strus and Gabe Vincent both with early threes over the top of a big
First Horford, now Williams
That’s huge
These guys are playing so comfortable on the biggest stage – 8:51 PM
Brady Hawk @BradyHawk305
Jimmy Butler over Marcus Smart
He can use his body against him – 8:50 PM
Anthony Chiang @Anthony_Chiang
Marcus Smart on Jimmy Butler to start the game. – 8:48 PM
David Morrow @_DavidMorrow
Marcus Smart instantly making it clear how much the Celtics missed his playmaking in Game 1. – 8:48 PM
Mark Murphy @Murf56
Marcus Smart launches (and misses) on his first touch. – 8:47 PM
Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
Celtics open with Marcus Smart defending Jimmy Butler. – 8:46 PM
Sean Deveney @SeanDeveney
Interesting @Boston Celtics stuff from @Steve Bulpett:
– Sources tell him that, yes, Al Horford is vaxed
– Execs/coaches at the Combine worried about potential for #NBAConferenceFinals outbreak
@NBA spokesman told @HeavySan about that. Read it ALL here:
heavy.com/sports/boston-…8:32 PM
Sean Grande @SeanGrandePBP
Celtics at Heat – FTX Arena – May 19, 2022 – East Finals Game 2 Starters
Boston – Smart, Brown, Tatum, Horford, R. Williams
Miami – Gabe Vincent, Max Strus, Jimmy Butler, PJ Tucker, Bam Adebayo
OUT: Boston: White, Hauser Miami: Lowry pic.twitter.com/uxv2ycZjaW8:13 PM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Celtics starters for Game 2:
Robert Williams
Al Horford
Jayson Tatum
Jaylen Brown
Marcus Smart
Heat starters:
Bam Adebayo
P.J. Tucker
Jimmy Butler
Max Strus
Gabe Vincent – 8:12 PM
John Karalis @John_Karalis
Marcus Smart out for warmups pic.twitter.com/ubskxHhrPI7:46 PM

Tom Westerholm @Tom_NBA
Just objectively kind of an odd answer by Ime here – side-stepped the question as to why Horford got a test in the first place, was very pointed about saying Horford was feeling “fine,” not “asymptomatic” but also “he didn’t have symptoms.” pic.twitter.com/8lkzOgyVAs7:25 PM

Mark Murphy @Murf56
Udoka said Smart and Horford are both good to go – 7:18 PM
CBS NBA @CBSSportsNBA
Celtics injury updates: Al Horford and Marcus Smart cleared to play, Derrick White out for Game 2
cbssports.com/nba/news/celti…7:17 PM
Jeff Zillgitt @JeffZillgitt
Celtics coach Ime Udoka gets his turn to talk about Al Horford and Marcus Smart rejoining the lineup for Game 2 vs. Heat. pic.twitter.com/N4Fqslcg4N7:12 PM

Jay King @ByJayKing
Ime Udoka said Marcus Smart is “full go” tonight. – 7:11 PM
John Karalis @John_Karalis
Ime says Horford & Smart are both a full go for tonight – 7:11 PM
A. Sherrod Blakely @ASherrodblakely
Al Horford and Marcus Smart will not have any minutes restriction tonight. – 7:11 PM
Tim Reynolds @ByTimReynolds
Marcus Smart and Al Horford are full-go, Ime Udoka says. – 7:11 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Ime Udoka said Al Horford is “full-go” with no limitations tonight. – 7:10 PM
Jay King @ByJayKing
Ime Udoka said the Celtics are “happy to have two of our starting five back.”
So Marcus Smart will play too. – 7:10 PM
Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps
Ime Udoka confirms both Al Horford and Marcus Smart will play tonight for Boston. – 7:09 PM
Tim Reynolds @ByTimReynolds
Ime Udoka says Marcus Smart will play. – 7:09 PM
Barry Jackson @flasportsbuzz
Smart playing for Boston. Horford playing too if you missed it; team says he never had covid symptoms. All Heat players available except Lowry. – 7:09 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Marcus Smart will play tonight, per Ime Udoka. – 7:09 PM
Jared Weiss @JaredWeissNBA
Ime Udoka on Al Horford returning from COVID: “He passed all the protocols, passed all the tests…he was feeling fine from the get go, so happy to have him back.” – 7:08 PM
Jeff Zillgitt @JeffZillgitt
Heat coach Erik Spoelstra on facing a Celtics team with Al Horford and Marcus Smart able to play: pic.twitter.com/kdIK7tNzUg6:51 PM

Mark Murphy @Murf56
Erik Spoelstra on Smart and Horford being back. “This is the team we prepared for.” – 6:49 PM
Jared Weiss @JaredWeissNBA
Erik Spoelstra on Smart & Horford returning (though White is out): “This is the team we were preparing for Game 1. It’s good, you don’t want anybody out due to testing or injury.” – 6:49 PM
Jay King @ByJayKing
Erik Spoelstra excited that Al Horford will play and Marcus Smart is probable: “We don’t want to duck any kind of competition.” – 6:49 PM
Wes Goldberg @wcgoldberg
Spo on Marcus Smart and Al Horford being available tonight.
“This is the team we prepared for.”
“We don’t wanna duck any kind of competition.” – 6:49 PM
Brady Hawk @BradyHawk305
Erik Spoelstra on Smart and Horford returning:
“This is the team we were preparing for in game 1.”
“We don’t want to duck any kind of competition.” – 6:49 PM
Mark Murphy @Murf56
Al Horford is in the building. pic.twitter.com/cBEw3sOGVF6:37 PM

Barry Jackson @flasportsbuzz
Wade admiring Butler’s playoff run for Heat. And the Barkley/Shaq Butler disagreement; Stephen A. text; Celtics say Horford is available; Dedmon, more: miamiherald.com/sports/spt-col…5:44 PM
Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
From earlier — ASK IRA: Can Celtics’ Marcus Smart be a game-changer against Heat? sun-sentinel.com/sports/miami-h…5:23 PM
Jared Weiss @JaredWeissNBA
After a whirlwind of injury report updates, Al Horford is back from COVID protocols just in time for Game 2 in Miami.
New story @The Athletic theathletic.com/news/celtics-a…4:47 PM
Kevin O’Connor @KevinOConnorNBA
New Mismatch with @Chris Vernon on the lesson of Andrew Wiggins, how the Warriors defended the Mavs, thoughts on the rest of the series, and a whole bunch of NBA draft talk before discussing Heat-Celtics Game 2. Recorded before the Al Horford news. open.spotify.com/episode/5DXdJy…4:01 PM
Mark Murphy @Murf56
The Celtics now list Al Horford as available – 3:31 PM
Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps
New ESPN story: In a rapid reversal, Al Horford went from doubtful to available for the Celtics in a matter of hours, as he and Marcus Smart will return tonight for Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals as Boston looks to even the series at a win apiece. espn.com/nba/story/_/id…3:24 PM
Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
A look at the steps Al Horford needed to clear in order to exit NBA health and safety protocols ahead of Game 2 masslive.com/celtics/2022/0…3:22 PM
Barry Jackson @flasportsbuzz
Here’s what South Florida watched when Heat and Panthers played at same time on Tuesday, and the national ratings too. And Horford back tonight. And pundits giving Heat respect: miamiherald.com/sports/spt-col…3:17 PM
Sean Grande @SeanGrandePBP
Al Horford will play in Game 2 tonight.
You must be this high to ride this ECF roller coaster.
Since mid-December, the Celtics are 42-14 with Al.
3-7 without him. – 3:16 PM
Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
Al Horford cleared to return for Celtics; Marcus Smart expected back, but Boston without Derrick White for Game 2 vs. Heat. sun-sentinel.com/sports/miami-h…3:16 PM
Kurt Helin @basketballtalk
Al Horford cleared to play Celtics-Heat Game 2 (coronavirus protocols) nba.nbcsports.com/2022/05/19/al-…3:06 PM
CBS NBA @CBSSportsNBA
Celtics injury updates: Al Horford to play, Marcus Smart listed as probable, Derrick White out for Game 2
cbssports.com/nba/news/celti…2:59 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
Horford benefited from new COVID-19 protocol (added Apr. 30) allowing players who test negative twice on a game day to play. Horford likely tested negative after shootaround, then upgraded to questionable and then again this afternoon, making him eligible to play. #Celtics #Heat2:54 PM
Shandel Richardson @ShandelRich
Al Horford back in lineup for Game 2 si.com/nba/heat/miami…2:48 PM
Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
Breaking: Al Horford has been cleared to play Game 2 tonight against the Heat masslive.com/celtics/2022/0…2:47 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
The Celtics testing Al Horford over the past two days: pic.twitter.com/myijcsPtWO2:43 PM
Tim Reynolds @ByTimReynolds
Al Horford is playing tonight, Celtics say. – 2:43 PM
Chris Mannix @SIChrisMannix
Al Horford will play tonight, per Celtics – 2:42 PM
Alex Kennedy @AlexKennedyNBA
Al Horford is available to play in Game 2, Celtics PR announces. – 2:41 PM
Anthony Chiang @Anthony_Chiang
Celtics announce that Al Horford is available to play tonight vs. Heat. – 2:40 PM
John Karalis @John_Karalis
Al Horford is available tonight. He will play in Game 2 – 2:40 PM
Chris Haynes @ChrisBHaynes
Al Horford has been cleared to play in Game 2 tonight. – 2:40 PM
Chris Forsberg @ChrisForsberg_
Celtics say Al Horford is available for Game 2. – 2:39 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Al Horford is available to play in Game 2. – 2:39 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
Al Horford is available to play tonight vs. #Heat. #Celtics2:39 PM
Marc Stein @TheSteinLine
The Celtics say Al Horford has been cleared to play in tonight’s Game 2. – 2:39 PM
Shams Charania @ShamsCharania
Celtics‘ Al Horford will play in Game 2 vs. Miami tonight. – 2:39 PM
Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps
The Celtics announce Al Horford is available for tonight’s game. – 2:39 PM
Jay King @ByJayKing
Al Horford will play tonight, per the Celtics. – 2:39 PM
Barry Jackson @flasportsbuzz
NEW: Fresh pack of Heat notes, including Wade admiring Butler’s playoff run for Heat. PLUS the spirited Shaq/Barkley debate on Butler; the Butler/Stephen A. Smith item; Dedmon; Haslem; Celtics upgrade Horford to questionable; more: miamiherald.com/sports/spt-col…1:38 PM
Chris Haynes @ChrisBHaynes
How Al Horford can return after positive COVID-19 test:
1. Two consecutive negative PCR tests at least 24hrs apart
2. Two consecutive PCR tests at least 24hrs apart w/ CT values greater than 30 starting no sooner than Day 4 & Day 5 (where Day 0 is date of initial positive test) – 1:13 PM
Anthony Chiang @Anthony_Chiang
Celtics have upgraded Al Horford (protocols) from doubtful to questionable for tonight’s game. – 1:10 PM
Shandel Richardson @ShandelRich
The latest on Al Horford for Game 2 si.com/nba/heat/miami…1:08 PM
CBS NBA @CBSSportsNBA
Celtics injury updates: Marcus Smart listed as probable, Al Horford questionable, Derrick White out for Game 2
cbssports.com/nba/news/celti…1:02 PM
Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
And another twist. Per Celtics moments ago:
Al Horford – QUESTIONABLE – 1:01 PM
Kevin Chouinard @KLChouinard
Celtics updated injury report to say that:
Al Horford – Health & Safety Protocols – is questionable. – 12:59 PM
Jay King @ByJayKing
Al Horford has been upgraded to questionable for Game 2, per the Celtics. – 12:59 PM
Marc Stein @TheSteinLine
The Celtics have upgraded Al Horford (health and safety protocols) to questionable for Game 2 against Miami. – 12:59 PM
Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps
The Celtics have upgraded Al Horford to questionable for tonight’s game. He was upgraded to doubtful last night. This raises the real possibility Horford could exit the NBA’s health and safety protocols and return for tonight’s game. – 12:58 PM
Chris Haynes @ChrisBHaynes
Boston Celtics center Al Horford has been upgraded to questionable tonight against Miami Heat. – 12:58 PM
Jared Weiss @JaredWeissNBA
Al Horford has been upgraded to questionable. Ime Udoka said they were waiting on testing results today hoping that would allow him to clear the protocol. Needs 2 negative tests. – 12:58 PM
Adrian Wojnarowski @wojespn
Celtics upgraded Al Horford to questionable for Game 2. – 12:58 PM
Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
Celtics have upgraded Al Horford to questionable for Game 2 – 12:58 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Al Horford has been upgraded to questionable for Game 2. – 12:58 PM
Ben Rohrbach @brohrbach
Al Horford needs negative PCR tests yesterday and today to clear protocols for Game 2, so the possibility he might be available tonight means a) he returned a negative test yesterday or b) the Celtics have also yet to receive yesterday’s results. – 12:45 PM
Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
The latest on Marcus Smart and Al Horford’s status ahead of tonight’s game from @SouichiTerada masslive.com/celtics/2022/0…12:31 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
In Game 1, Derrick White played 29 minutes, while Payton Pritchard logged 30.
My guess for tonight, assuming he’s healthy enough, is that Marcus Smart will play the 36-37 minutes he’s been playing. Pritchard will probably come down a tad. Probably still an Aaron Nesmith game too. – 12:26 PM
CBS NBA @CBSSportsNBA
Celtics injury updates: Marcus Smart upgraded to probable, Al Horford doubtful, Derrick White out for Game 2
cbssports.com/nba/news/celti…12:15 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Celtics injury updates per Ime Udoka:
Al Horford is still doubtful.
Marcus Smart will test his foot pregame, but is probable to play. – 12:10 PM
Jeff Zillgitt @JeffZillgitt
Celtics guard Derrick White, who started in place of Marcus Smart in Game 1, will miss Game 2 so he could be present for the birth of his child, Celtics coach Ime Udoka said. – 12:09 PM
A. Sherrod Blakely @ASherrodblakely
As for Al Horford (health and safety protocol), Ime Udoka said Horford remains doubtful for tonight. – 12:02 PM
Jeff Zillgitt @JeffZillgitt
Al Horford (COVID protocols) remains doubtful and Marcus Smart (right foot sprain) probable for Game 2 vs. Heat, Celtics coach Ime Udoka tells reporters. pic.twitter.com/7i8qhZfqeD11:58 AM

John Karalis @John_Karalis
Ime says Al Horford feels fine, and him entering protocols was unexpected – 11:58 AM
Mark Murphy @Murf56
Udoka said Horford was feeling fine on day of his positive test – 11:58 AM
A. Sherrod Blakely @ASherrodblakely
Ime Udoka said he expects Marcus Smart to play f he tests his foot out before the game and he continues to feel good. – 11:57 AM
Mark Murphy @Murf56
Udoka added that Marcus Smart will test his foot pre-game, but has improved. – 11:57 AM
Mark Murphy @Murf56
Ime Udoka said Al Horford is still awaiting test results to determine his availability for Game 2 tonight – 11:56 AM
John Karalis @John_Karalis
Ime says Al Horford is still doubtful and his status depends on testing results. Marcus Smart will test his foot pregame but he’s expected to play tonight. – 11:56 AM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
Al Horford remains doubtful. Marcus Smart remains probable and will test before the game. #Celtics #Heat. – 11:55 AM
Jared Weiss @JaredWeissNBA
Ime Udoka says he’s good now, Al Horford is still doubtful until testing results comeback later, Marcus Smart still had to test his foot out pregame, and Derrick White is having a baby.
“Came sooner than expected, but we support our guys as always in that situation.” – 11:55 AM
Tim Reynolds @ByTimReynolds
Ime Udoka says he’s good after being sick yesterday, and confirms that Derrick White left today for the birth of his child. Will play Saturday.
On Horford: “Al is still doubtful.” Tests pending.
On Smart: “Marcus is looking better.” Will try it pregame before final decision. – 11:55 AM
Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
ASK IRA: Can Celtics’ Marcus Smart be a game-changer against the Heat? sun-sentinel.com/sports/miami-h…11:51 AM
Mark Murphy @Murf56
Grant Williams said Marcus Smart was at shootaround and looked good. “He’s competitive as heck.” – 11:49 AM
Jay King @ByJayKing
Grant Williams said Marcus Smart looked good. Said “we’ll see what happens, I don’t know what the case will be, but he looks good.” – 11:48 AM
Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps
The Celtics said Derrick White is not available for tonight’s Game 2 due to personal reasons. Marcus Smart is expected to return for Game 2 after sitting out Game 1 with a mid foot sprain he suffered in Game 7 against Milwaukee Sunday. – 10:49 AM
Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
Can Celtics’ Marcus Smart be a game-changer against Heat? Latest “Ask Ira” at sun-sentinel.com/sports/miami-h… plus more. – 7:58 AM

More on this storyline

Chris Haynes: Boston Celtics center Al Horford tested negative yesterday and twice today, clearing him to play in Game 2 tonight against Miami Heat, league sources tell @YahooSports, @NBAonTNT. -via Twitter @ChrisBHaynes / May 19, 2022

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