We might have missed out on that one

Anthony Chiang: Ime Udoka said the Celtics “might have missed out on that one” in regard to waiving Max Strus a few years ago.
Source: Twitter @Anthony_Chiang

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Jeff Zillgitt AJeffZillgitt
Celtics coach Ime Udoka gets his turn to talk about Al Horford and Marcus Smart rejoining the lineup for Game 2 vs. Heat. pic.twitter.com/N4Fqslcg4N7:12 PM

Jay King AByJayKing
Ime Udoka said Marcus Smart is “full go” tonight. – 7:11 PM

Jay King AByJayKing
Ime Udoka said the Celtics big men were picking up screens too low. It wasn’t by design or the game plan. Wants them up higher tonight. – 7:11 PM

Tim Reynolds AByTimReynolds
Marcus Smart and Al Horford are full-go, says Ime Udoka. – 7:11 PM

Keith Smith AKeithSmithNBA
Ime Udoka said Al Horford is “full-go” with no limitations tonight. – 7:10 PM

Michael Pina AMichaelVPina
ime udoka on max strus once being a celtic before boston cut him: “might’ve missed out on that one.” – 7:10 PM

Jay King AByJayKing
Ime Udoka said the Celtics are “happy to have two of our starting five back.”
So Marcus Smart will play too. – 7:10 PM

Anthony Chiang AAnthony_Chiang
Ime Udoka said the Celtics “might have missed out on that one” in regard to waiving Max Strus a few years ago. – 7:09 PM

Tim Bontemps ATimBontemps
Ime Udoka confirms both Al Horford and Marcus Smart will play tonight for Boston. – 7:09 PM

Tim Reynolds AByTimReynolds
Ime Udoka says Marcus Smart will play. – 7:09 PM

Keith Smith AKeithSmithNBA
Marcus Smart will play tonight, per Ime Udoka. – 7:09 PM

Jared Weiss AJaredWeissNBA
Ime Udoka on Al Horford returning from COVID: “He passed all the protocols, passed all the tests… he was feeling fine from the get go, so happy to have him back.” – 7:08 PM

Tim Bontemps ATimBontemps
Ime Udoka says the Celtics “might have missed out on that one” in letting Max Strus go a few years ago.
He ain’t wrong. – 7:08 PM

Ira Winderman AIraHeatBeat
Max Strus and Gabe Vincent again from questionable to playing. – 6:44 PM

Mark Murphy AMurf56
Interesting Ime Udoka quote on how Jimmy Butler got to the foul line so much in Game 1: “He’s a heady player who uses our aggressiveness against us at times.” – 6:18 PM

Ira Winderman AIraHeatBeat
From earlier – Max Strus was going to bleed Celtics green, now Heat culture courses through his veins in East finals. sun-sentinel.com/sports/miami-h… – 5:22 PM

Jared Weiss AJaredWeissNBA
Al Horford has been upgraded to questionable. Ime Udoka said they were waiting on testing results today hoping that would allow him to clear the protocol. Needs 2 negative tests. – 12:58 PM

Anthony Chiang AAnthony_Chiang
Ime Udoka on the Celtics’ defending issues Jimmy Butler in Game 1: “He’s a heady player that used our aggressiveness against us at times.” – 12:27 PM

Keith Smith AKeithSmithNBA
Celtics injury updates for Ime Udoka:
Al Horford is still doubtful.
Marcus Smart will test his foot pregame, but is probable to play. – 12:10 PM

Jeff Zillgitt AJeffZillgitt
Celtics guard Derrick White, who started in place of Marcus Smart in Game 1, will miss Game 2 so he could be present for the birth of his child, Celtics coach Ime Udoka said. – 12:09 PM

Brian Robb ABrianTRobb
Ime Udoka hinted that the plan was for Derrick White’s wife to be induced between games but the baby had other plans. – 12:05 PM

Wes Goldberg Awcgoldberg
“I always remember where I came from. I just want to prove people wrong. That’s still something that keeps me going. ”
ICYMI, my feature on how Max Strus went from DII to NBA starter in the conference finals. wesgoldberg.substack.com/p/how-heats-ma… – 12:02 PM

A. Sherrod Blakely AASherrodblakely
As for Al Horford (health and safety protocol), Ime Udoka said Horford remains doubtful for tonight. – 12:02 PM

A. Sherrod Blakely AASherrodblakely
The Celtics will be without Derrick White, who will return for the birth of his first child. Ime Udoka said the baby is coming a little early. I talked with Derrick earlier about this. He said at the time that his wife was due May 22. – 12:00 PM

Jeff Zillgitt AJeffZillgitt
Al Horford (COVID protocols) remains doubtful and Marcus Smart (right foot sprain) probable for Game 2 vs. Heat, Celtics coach Ime Udoka tells reporters. pic.twitter.com/7i8qhZfqeD11:58 AM

Jay King AByJayKing
Ime Udoka said the Celtics had a “poor defensive effort” against Jimmy Butler. Said he used their aggression against them while earning 18 free throws. – 11:58 AM

A. Sherrod Blakely AASherrodblakely
Ime Udoka said he expects Marcus Smart to play f he tests his foot out before the game and he continues to feel good. – 11:57 AM

Mark Murphy AMurf56
Ime Udoka said Al Horford is still awaiting test results to determine his availability for Game 2 tonight – 11:56 AM

Jay King AByJayKing
Ime Udoka said the Celtics won’t be sure about Al Horford’s status until tests come back. There’s a chance he could play but he’s doubtful as of now. – 11:55 AM

Tim Bontemps ATimBontemps
Ime Udoka says he’s feeling better, and that Derrick White is having a child that came sooner than expected. Udoka says White is expected to be back for Game 3. – 11:55 AM

Jared Weiss AJaredWeissNBA
Ime Udoka says he’s good now, Al Horford is still doubtful until testing results comeback later, Marcus Smart still had to test his foot out pregame, and Derrick White is having a baby.
“Came sooner than expected, but we support our guys as always in that situation.” – 11:55 AM

Tim Reynolds AByTimReynolds
Ime Udoka says he’s good after being sick yesterday, and confirms that Derrick White left today for the birth of his child. Will play Saturday.
On Horford: “Al is still doubtful.” Tests pending.
On Smart: “Marcus is looking better.” Will try it pregame before final decision. – 11:55 AM

Brian Robb ABrianTRobb
Ime Udoka: “Derrick is having a baby. It came sooner than expected but we support our guys always in that situation. ” – 11:55 AM

Jay King AByJayKing
Ime Udoka said he’s “good now” after dealing with a non-COVID illness yesterday. He said Derrick White is gone for the birth of his child. – 11:55 AM

Ira Winderman AIraHeatBeat
Max Strus was going to bleed Celtics green, now Heat culture courses through his veins in East finals. sun-sentinel.com/sports/miami-h… Strus reflects to the Sun Sentinel about the Celtics start to an NBA journey that has led him to this stage. – 11:51 AM

Ira Winderman AIraHeatBeat
Max Strus was going to bleed Celtics green, now Heat culture courses through his veins in East finals. sun-sentinel.com/sports/miami-h… “This isn’t about me. This is bigger than me. It’s the Eastern Conference finals. There’s no personal vendettas here. We’re just trying to win a series. ” – 8:26 AM

Ira Winderman AIraHeatBeat
Per Heat:
Kyle Lowry (hamstring) out
Max Strus (hamstring) questionable
Gabe Vincent (hamstring) questionable
(No other players listed.) – 5:33 PM

Anthony Chiang AAnthony_Chiang
Kyle Lowry (left hamstring strain) listed as out for Game 2.
Max Strus (right hamstring strain) and Gabe Vincent (left hamstring strain) are questionable. – 5:31 PM

Tim Reynolds AByTimReynolds
“I had no idea Max played for the Celtics.” – Bam Adebayo, on former Celtic summer leaguer and training-camp attendee Max Strus. – 1:30 PM

Jared Weiss AJaredWeissNBA
Both Tyler Herro and Bam Adebayo said they had no idea Max Strus played for the Celtics – 1:30 PM

Brady Hawk ABradyHawk305
SOUND ON
The Miami Heat’s defensive masterclass in the third quarter
A 2 minute span of two Bam Adebayo blocks, two Jimmy Butler steals, a Max Strus steal, and a ton of helping dominance
5ReasonsSports pic.twitter.com/3wGh0gjSzC9:54 AM

Jay King AByJayKing
The Celtics probably should have kept that Max Strus dude. – 11:16 PM

Brady Hawk ABradyHawk305
Gabe Vincent and Max Strus are two of the most mentally strong young dudes I’ve seen
Both undrafted
Both two ways
Both fearless – 11:07 PM

Brady Hawk ABradyHawk305
Jimmy Butler and Max Strus always come alive at the same time
Always – 11:04 PM

David Morrow A_DavidMorrow
Duncan Robinson. Max Strus. Gabe Vincent. Cody Martin.
Miami is unmatched at finding / developing unheralded players into elite role players. – 10:11 PM

Law Murray ALawMurrayTheNU
Miami was outscored by 19 points in Max Strus’ first half minutes
Strus missed all of his FGs (all 3s), didn’t get to the line, has more fouls than rebounds, and no assists in nearly 11 minutes
On flipside, Herro outscored Boston bench 15-14 by himself – 9:47 PM

Chris Vernon AChrisVernonShow
Max Strus after 5 mins pic.twitter.com/CE5PGwvKME9:00 PM

Brian Robb ABrianTRobb
Not the best start for Max Strus. – 8:54 PM

Law Murray ALawMurrayTheNU
Derrick White wearing Max Strus’ uniform. – 8:53 PM

Sean Grande ASeanGrandePBP
Celtics at Heat – FTX Arena – May 17, 2022 – ECF Game 1 Starters
Boston – White, Brown, Tatum, G. Williams, R. Williams
Miami – Gabe Vincent, Max Strus, Jimmy Butler, PJ Tucker, Bam Adebayo
OUT: Boston: Smart, Horford, Hauser Miami: Lowry pic.twitter.com/JCA5nOjLld8:29 PM

Keith Smith AKeithSmithNBA
Celtics starters for Game 1:
Rob Williams
Grant Williams
Jayson Tatum
Jaylen Brown
Derrick White
Heat starters:
Bam Adebayo
PJ Tucker
Jimmy Butler
Max Strus
Gabe Vincent – 8:02 PM

Ira Winderman AIraHeatBeat
It’s Gabe Vincent stepping in again for sidelined Kyle Lowry in Heat starting lineup, flanked by Jimmy Butler, Bam Adebayo, PJ Tucker and Max Strus. – 8:01 PM

Brady Hawk ABradyHawk305
The guy to watch for tonight:
Max Strus
The Heat’s adjustment in this series was going to be more guard screening, and that increases further with a full switching starting lineup for Boston
He’s going to get into his signature set:
Screen, slip, flare to opposite wing for 3 – 7:53 PM

Marc J. Spears AMarcJSpears
Heat say Caleb Martin (ankle), Max Strus (hamstring), PJ Tucker (calf) and Gabe Vincent (hamstring) will all warm up with the intent to play in tonight’s ECF Game 1 vs the Celtics. – 6:47 PM

Ira Winderman AIraHeatBeat
Four Heat players who had been listed as questionable earlier today have been cleared to play: Caleb Martin (ankle sprain), Max Strus (hamstring strain), PJ Tucker (calf strain) and Gabe Vincent (hamstring strain). – 6:44 PM

More on this storyline

Jay King: Ime Udoka said Al Horford “passed all the protocols, passed all the tests.” Said he was “feeling fine from the get go.” “Happy to have him back.” -via Twitter @ByJayKing / May 19, 2022

Tim Bontemps: Erik Spoelstra: “We don’t want to duck any competition.” Said he and the Heat are happy that Marcus Smart and Al Horford are both available again for Boston. Said you never want to see a series like this determined by injury or testing. -via Twitter @TimBontemps / May 19, 2022

Steve Popper: Knicks interviewed Bennedict Mathurin today – one of 10 interviews he’s done with teams. “Coach Tom, you know, he’s a little bit different,” Mathurin said, noting that defense and toughness are traits he thinks Thibs would like. Said he worked out with fellow Canadian RJ Barrett -via Twitter @StevePopper / May 19, 2022

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