Celtics’ Derrick White to miss game 2 over birth of baby, Marcus Smart switched to “probable”

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Derrick White wants to lose Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Miami Heat Thursday night for the impending birth of his son.

At the same time, Marcus Smart is expected to rejoin the Celtics after missing the series opening due to a foot sprain, the team previously announced.

the Celtics updated their injury report Thursday to reflect White’s absence, who listed him as out for “personal reasons,” but coach Ime Udoka made it clear that it was because White’s wife would have a baby much sooner than expected.

Derrick White of the Boston Celtics dribbles during Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals on May 17, 2022, at FTX Arena in Miami, Florida.
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“You don’t mean it’s a difficult situation. We knew she was expecting a baby soon,” Udoka said. “Things happen in life and we always support our kids.”

Smart could rejoin the squad for Game 2 after not playing Monday night due to a sprained midfoot he suffered during Boston victory in Race 7 over the Milwaukee Bucks.

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Udoka told reporters that his return was “likely”.

Milwaukee Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo scores against the Celtics during Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals at the TD Garden on May 15, 2022 in Boston.

Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo scores against the Celtics during Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals at the TD Garden on May 15, 2022 in Boston.
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“When he goes before the game, we will know from there, but today he looked better in the shootaround and overall we expect him to play.”

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Al Horford, who entered the championship, also returned NBA health and safety protocols for the third time this season. The Celtics announced late Thursday afternoon that his status had been updated to “available”.

Al Horford of the Celtics crushes the ball against the Milwaukee Bucks at TD Garden on May 15, 2022 in Boston.

Al Horford of the Celtics crushes the ball against the Milwaukee Bucks at TD Garden on May 15, 2022 in Boston.
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Miami wants to be looking to take a 2-0 lead when they host Boston in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals tonight at 8:30 am ET.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.