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Celtics Game 4 injury report: Marcus Smart remains out, Guerschon Yabusele questionable

Celtics Game 4 injury report: Marcus Smart remains out, Guerschon Yabusele questionable

The Celtics will go for the sweep Sunday afternoon in Indiana, and while Marcus Smart remains out, Guerschon Yabusele makes an appearance on the injury report.

Yabusele has only logged 28 seconds of playing time in this first round series, so his status isn't a major concern going into Game 4.

Smart showed signs of progress from his left oblique tear by doing some light shooting before Game 3. He described the pain of the injury as similar to getting hit by boxing legend Mike Tyson.  

There was a moment during Game 3 where Gordon Hayward came up limping a bit, seemingly tweaking an ankle, but after re-lacing his shoes he went on to play the rest of the game and close out the Pacers. His exclusion on the injury report is a good sign the injury was nothing serious. 

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NBA Rumors: Lakers 'rooting' for Kyrie Irving to sign with Nets

NBA Rumors: Lakers 'rooting' for Kyrie Irving to sign with Nets

Kyrie-to-Brooklyn rumors have dominated the prelude to NBA free agency, and the Los Angeles Lakers likely are hoping those rumors turn out to be true.

That's because Irving to the Nets would open the door for guard D'Angelo Russell to return to L.A. If and when Irving signs with the Nets, they'd likely renounce Russell to make Irving their new star point guard and thus, Russell would become an unrestricted free agent.

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski explained the scenario Tuesday night on ESPN.

“The Lakers now at this point are rooting for Kyrie Irving to go to Brooklyn,” Wojnarowski said. “Because then Brooklyn renounces D’Angelo Russell, who is a restricted free agent. He becomes unrestricted and then the Lakers could sign Russell as their third star in LA. And they get back a much more mature, polished player, who's been an All-Star, whose put a team into the postseason.”

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The latest Kyrie-Nets report states Brooklyn remains the 27-year-old's "preferred choice" in free agency, so the Lakers very well may just get their wish.

As for where the Celtics go from here without Irving, they're reportedly trying to lure free agent Kemba Walker as their next star.

NBA free agency gets underway on June 30.

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Breakfast Pod: Would Kemba Walker be a good fit for the Celtics?

Breakfast Pod: Would Kemba Walker be a good fit for the Celtics?

Kemba in, Kyrie out? Plus, a look at the offseason ahead for the Stanley Cup finalist Bruins.

1:00 - The Celtics are reportedly "at the front of the line" for Kemba Walker. Chris Forsberg discusses whether he would be a good fit in Boston. 

7:00 - Is Kyrie Irving’s drama tarnishing his reputation around the league? Cedric Maxwell and Forsberg join Early Edition to discuss. 

15:00 - The Bruins have some decisions to make this offseason, which players should the Bruins sign with limited cap space? Our BST crew debates. 

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