There is still no constant in the Eastern Conference final between the Miami Heat and the Boston Celtics.
The series is characterized by wild swing of motion from game to game and sometimes from quarter to quarter.
Another feature of this series is the lack of consistency when it comes to who will be available for each team in each game.
Celtics early guard Marcus Smart has already missed two games – Game 1 and Game 4 – and he is currently listed as a daily with ankle disease.
At the time of writing, he has been listed as questionable, along with Robert Williams, a key figure in Pivotal Game 5 in South Florida.
#NEBHI Injury Report Game 5 vs Miami:
Sam Hauser (right shoulder instability episode) – Out
Marcus Smart (right ankle sprain) – questionable
Robert Williams (left knee pain) – questionable
– Boston Celtics (Celtics) May 24, 2022
Smart’s absence was cited as one of the reasons for the Celtics’ downfall in Game 1 at the FTX Arena, and if he is unable to play on Wednesday, it could cost them a shot at the series and the NBA Championship.
One of the pillars of Smart Boston
Smart, a 6-foot-3, 220-pound guard, is not a skilled shooter, but he is one of the most essential players in the Celtics.
He was named Defensive Player of the Year this season, and for the opposing defenders he is truly a worm on the floor.
When Smart misses Game 1, hit guard Tyler Hero leaves the bench for 18 points in 27 minutes, many of them coming in the first half to save them when they were behind.
Also, guard Gabe Vincent had an unexpected 17 points to help Miami cause.
But after returning to Smart Game 2, Hero calmed down, as he was placed at 11 and 8 points in the next two contests.
Smart itself had a virtuoso performance in Game 2 with 24 points, nine rebounds, 12 assists and three steels to win Boston’s 127-102 blowout.
He has the ability to suppress crime in Miami and it really works to keep enough points on the board.
While Smart is also attacking, as well as offensively efficient, the Celtics really think they can be the next World Championship team.
Could this be a series of discomforts?
In addition to Smart and Williams, a few key players have been tied for the hit.
Hero himself has a groin problem that could cause him to miss Game 4, and although this is the type of injury that will take some time to heal, he hopes to return on Wednesday.
ESPN reports that Tyler Hero’s groin injury will usually take 2 to 4 weeks to heal. Says he’s pushing for a comeback this week. No confirmation from heat. Injury reports are expected within hours.
– Ira Winderman (raIraHeatBeat) May 24, 2022
If he can play well and play well, it will be a huge blessing for the hit.
Starting point guard Kyle Lowry, who was a sticky guy for the hit, has been dealing with injuries throughout the playoffs.
He missed the first two contests of the series and was limited to 21 minutes in Game 4.
Due to hamstring disease, Lori is currently listed as a suspect for Game 5, and his potential absence will be big for Miami.
However, another big performance on Wednesday will require a hit for left Adebayo, who blasted for 31 points in their Game 3 win.
However, it seems that the series can be determined by who can play on both sides and who is the best team.