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Celtics injury updates: Smart probable for Game 2; Horford doubtful

Celtics

The Boston Celtics were without two important players -- point guard Marcus Smart and big man Al Horford -- for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Miami Heat on Tuesday night, and their absences were definitely felt.

The Celtics started out great, jumping out to an 8-point halftime lead. But that's where it began to fall apart for Boston, as the Heat outscored the Celtics 39-14 in the third quarter en route to a 118-107 win at FTX Arena. 

The C's released their latest injury report Wednesday evening, and Smart is listed as probable to play Thursday night. He's dealing with a right mid-foot sprain suffered in Boston's Game 7 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks in the second round.

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Horford is in the league's Health and Safety Protocols and listed as doubtful for Game 2.

Here's the full injury report for the Celtics:

Smart likely would've spent considerable time guarding Heat forward Jimmy Butler, who dominated pretty much every defender the Celtics threw at him by scoring 41 points. 

Horford's absence was a setback, too, but starting center Robert Williams did give the Celtics a lift with 18 points, nine rebounds and two blocks in 28 minutes. 

The Heat also released their first Game 2 injury report Wednesday. Kyle Lowry is still out with a hamstring injury.

 

Lowry has played in just five of the Heat's first 12 playoff games.