Boston Celtics center Al Horford available for Game 2 against Miami Heat

MIAMI — The Celtics introduced Thursday afternoon that Al Horford can be available to play in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Heat.

Horford, who abruptly went into the NBA’s well being and security protocols a few hours earlier than Boston’s 118-107 Game 1 loss, was upgraded to uncertain Wednesday night after which was quickly upgraded from questionable to available within the span of about 90 minutes Thursday.

Marcus Smart, who additionally missed Game 1 with a midfoot sprain he suffered in Game 7 against the Milwaukee Bucks, stays possible to play Thursday night time.

“He’s higher however nonetheless has to check it out pregame,” Celtics coach Ime Udoka mentioned after the group’s shootaround Thursday morning. “But he is possible for tonight. When he goes earlier than the sport, we’ll know from there, however he appeared higher in shootaround in the present day and total we anticipate him to play.”

The Celtics additionally introduced that Derrick White would miss Game 2 for private causes, as he and his spouse predict a baby.

“Derrick is having a child,” Udoka mentioned. “It got here ahead of anticipated. But we assist our guys at all times in that state of affairs. He needed to rush residence in the present day.”

White began Game 1 instead of Smart and completed with three factors and 4 assists in 29 minutes. He is predicted to be again with the group for Game 3 on Saturday night time when the sequence shifts again to Boston.

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