Marcus Smart returning for Game 5

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Jay King @ByJayKing
Al Horford said he didn’t expect Marcus Smart to play today so he was happy to see him available. Also excited to see Robert Williams out there again.
“Just very glad that we have all our guys.” – 11:37 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Ime Udoka on leaving Marcus Smart in the game with foul trouble: “It’s trusting Marcus. We were also playing well.” – 11:20 PM
Fred Katz @FredKatz
I would love to know, if he was watching, how Marcus Smart reacted to Kyle Lowry taking his second charge of the 2020 All-Star Game. – 10:05 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Four fouls on Marcus Smart. – 10:04 PM
Jay King @ByJayKing
That’s Marcus Smart’s fourth foul. He’s waving over at the Celtics bench trying to stay in the game. Pointing at his head, apparently telling the coaches he’ll be smart. Looks like they will leave him on the court. – 10:04 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
I can’t wait to see what Marcus
Smart has planned to top that incredible acting by Kyle Lowry.
The flop-off between those two has been epic for years. – 10:02 PM
Jay King @ByJayKing
Marcus Smart, hampered by his ankle, only played 13 minutes in the first half. That was impacted a bit by early foul trouble, but the Celtics also closed the second quarter with Derrick White instead of Smart. – 9:43 PM
Chris Mannix @SIChrisMannix
Second straight strong first quarter for Derrick White, who has four quick points coming off the bench for Marcus Smart. Miami’s offense struggling, again: Heat 3-14 from the floor, 0-5 from three. – 8:57 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Two early fouls on Marcus Smart. He’s out and Derrick White is in. – 8:53 PM
Anthony Chiang @Anthony_Chiang
Marcus Smart called for his second foul with 8:09 left in the first quarter. – 8:53 PM
Mark Murphy @Murf56
Two quick fouls on Marcus Smart, both fighting through picks. – 8:53 PM
Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps
Marcus Smart just picked up his second foul – both of which came on contact with Kyle Lowry above the 3-point line. – 8:53 PM
Jared Weiss @JaredWeissNBA
Marcus Smart hurt his shoulder boxing out PJ Tucker but is staying in the game. – 8:49 PM
Jay King @ByJayKing
PJ Tucker is just mashing on the glass early. Not sure what happened, but Marcus Smart appeared to hurt something in his right arm. I think his shoulder. – 8:49 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Celtics starters for Game 5:
Robert Williams
Al Horford
Jayson Tatum
Jaylen Brown
Marcus Smart
Heat starters:
Bam Adebayo
P.J. Tucker
Jimmy Butler
Max Strus
Kyle Lowry
(Previous lineup showed Gabe Vincent starting, but Kyle Lowry is available and starting) – 8:14 PM
Ryan McDonough @McDNBA
Marcus Smart and Robert Williams playing for Boston tonight while Tyler Herro is out for the Heat presents a golden opportunity for the Celtics
If Boston wins, I think they’ll close out in the series at home in Game 6, which was my pre-series prediction – 7:10 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
I believe the Celtics are 25-6 in 2022 (including playoffs) when they start:
Rob Williams
Al Horford
Jayson Tatum
Jaylen Brown
Marcus Smart
In 443 regular season minutes, that group was +24.6 points per 100 possessions. – 7:06 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Ime Udoka said Marcus Smart can move “good enough” to play in Game 5. – 7:03 PM
Jeff Zillgitt @JeffZillgitt
Celtics have Marcus Smart and Robert Williams available for Game 5 vs. Heat, per Coach Ime Udoka. – 7:03 PM
John Karalis @John_Karalis
Ime Udoka ask how he expects Marcus Smart to move.
“Good enough” – 7:03 PM
Jay King @ByJayKing
Ime Udoka on how he expects Marcus Smart to move tonight: “Good enough.” – 7:02 PM
CBS NBA @CBSSportsNBA
Celtics vs. Heat injury updates: Marcus Smart, Robert Williams III active for Game 5; Tyler Herro remains out
https://t.co/EOVFgGhyn7 pic.twitter.com/WNj9Iupti57:01 PM

Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
Heat’s Tyler Herro out again; Marcus Smart, Robert Williams available for Celtics in Game 5. sun-sentinel.com/sports/miami-h…6:56 PM
Joe Vardon @joevardon
Heat’s Tyler Herro (groin injury) to miss Game 5; Marcus Smart to return for Celtics: Eastern Conference finals bulletin theathletic.com/news/tyler-her…6:54 PM
Mark Murphy @Murf56
Celtics list Marcus Smart and Rob Williams as available. – 6:50 PM
John Karalis @John_Karalis
Marcus Smart and Robert Williams are officially available tonight – 6:47 PM
Chris Haynes @ChrisBHaynes
Boston Celtics say Marcus Smart and Robert Williams III will play tonight against the Miami Heat. – 6:46 PM
Sean Grande @SeanGrandePBP
Marcus Smart and Rob Williams will play tonight in Game 5….Tyler Herro is out for Miami. – 6:46 PM
Barry Jackson @flasportsbuzz
And Celtics essentially at full strength with Marcus Smart returning – 6:45 PM
Chris Mannix @SIChrisMannix
Marcus Smart mostly shooting stationary before the game. Officially questionable for Game 5. Heavy brace on that ankle pic.twitter.com/AR5jjnp0GQ6:44 PM

Jeff Goodman @GoodmanHoops
Marcus Smart will return and Robert Williams will play tonight for Boston while Miami’s Tyler Herro is out again. – 6:44 PM
Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
Per Celtics:
Marcus Smart – AVAILABLE
Robert Williams – AVAILABLE – 6:44 PM
Brady Hawk @BradyHawk305
Tyler Herro out tonight
Marcus Smart and Robert Williams will play – 6:44 PM
Anthony Chiang @Anthony_Chiang
Celtics injury report:
Marcus Smart – AVAILABLE
Robert Williams – AVAILABLE – 6:43 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
Marcus Smart and Robert Williams WILL play tonight. Tyler Herro is OUT. #Celtics #Heat6:43 PM
Sean Grande @SeanGrandePBP
Your 6:43pm Marcus Smart footage… pic.twitter.com/64CwXgjw6t6:43 PM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Marcus Smart and Rob Williams are both available for Game 5, per the Celtics. – 6:43 PM
Tim Reynolds @ByTimReynolds
Marcus Smart and Robert Williams will play tonight. – 6:43 PM
Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps
The Celtics say Marcus Smart and Robert Williams are both available to play tonight in Game 5. – 6:43 PM
Shams Charania @ShamsCharania
Celtics’ Marcus Smart will return tonight in Game 5 vs. Miami. – 6:43 PM
Jared Weiss @JaredWeissNBA
Marcus Smart and Rob Williams will play tonight, per Celtics. – 6:42 PM
Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
Celtics’ Udoka calls amount of players listed as questionable on series’ injury reports “alarming.” sun-sentinel.com/sports/miami-h… Status of Tyler Herro, Marcus Smart, Robert Williams III for tonight’s Game 5 remains in question. – 2:19 PM
Emiliano Carchia @Sportando
Boston’s Marcus Smart wins 2021-22 NBA Hustle Award
sportando.basketball/en/bostons-mar…2:08 PM
Yaron Weitzman @YaronWeitzman
– Celtics O rating pre All-Star break: 110.3
– Celtics O rating post All-Star break: 122.6
One big difference? They traded Dennis Schroeder and leaned in further to Marcus Smart as their primary PG
foxsports.com/stories/nba/ho…2:00 PM
Chris Forsberg @ChrisForsberg_
Ime Udoka says Marcus Smart and Robert Wiliams are “both feeling better” but both will test out pregame before determine their status for Game 5. – 11:31 AM
Mark Murphy @Murf56
Per Ime Udoka: Marcus Smart (ankle) and Rob Williams (knee) are still dealing with soreness, Smart with continued swelling. Both will be game-time decisions. – 11:31 AM
A. Sherrod Blakely @ASherrodblakely
No decision on whether Rob Williams and Marcus Smart will play. Both remain game-time decisions. – 11:29 AM
Jared Weiss @JaredWeissNBA
Ime Udoka says Marcus Smart (ankle) still has swelling, pain and soreness. Will test it out pregame, as will Rob Williams (knee). – 11:29 AM
Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps
Ime Udoka says both Marcus Smart and Robert Williams are both feeling better, that Smart still has some swelling, and that both of them will test things out before the game and see how they feel. No decision yet on either of them playing as both were again listed as questionable. – 11:28 AM
John Karalis @John_Karalis
Ime Udoka says both Robert Williams and Marcus Smart are feeling better. Smart still has some swelling but both will test themselves pregame so they’re gametime decisions – 11:28 AM
Jay King @ByJayKing
Ime Udoka said Marcus Smart and Robert Williams are both feeling better. They’ll test out their injuries and see how they feel before the game. Smart still has some swelling, Udoka said. – 11:28 AM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
Marcus Smart walking back to the bus from shootaround with a slight hitch. Looks like he participated. #Celtics #Heat11:26 AM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
No shootaround for the Heat this morning. That means no injury updates from them until later today.
Boston is having shootaround. We may get some injury updates shortly, but don’t necessarily count on it. Both Marcus Smart and Robert Williams are questionable for Game 5 tonight. – 10:59 AM
Jared Weiss @JaredWeissNBA
New film breakdown @The Athletic
How Ime Udoka brought back a Brad Stevens era trick to shut down the Heat offense without Marcus Smart: https://t.co/WBR36ww4zf pic.twitter.com/VcptjWsf689:46 AM

More on this storyline

Jared Weiss: Marcus Smart’s ankle will allow him to move “good enough” per Ime Udoka after testing it at shootaround. “He has enough movement where he’s not restricted in certain areas like a few days ago.” Said Smart can play through the pain. -via Twitter @JaredWeissNBA / May 25, 2022

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