The Celtics will likely be down another point guard for the duration of the postseason. Coach Brad Stevens told reporters Wednesday Shane Larkin is battling a sprained shoulder and will be out for the “foreseeable future.” Larkin exited Monday’s Game 4 loss against the Sixers after colliding with center Joel Embiid in the first half.
“I don’t anticipate (Larkin) back any time soon,” Stevens said.
Larkin, 25, has emerged as a valuable contributor in Kyrie Irving’s absence. His importance only increased early in the playoffs, when Marcus Smart was out with a thumb injury. In Boston’s Game 2 win against the Bucks, Larkin added 11 points, shooting 5-for-8 from the field.
Overall this postseason, Larkin is averaging 3.7 points in 14 minuts per game.
With Terry Rozier’s emergence, Stevens has relied less on Larkin against the Sixers. But Larkin’s absence puts additional pressure on Rozier, whose primary backup is now sidelined. The next guards on the depth chart are Jabardi Bird and Kadeem Allen.
Oh, and for the millionth time, the Celtics are playing without Irving, Gordon Hayward and big man Daniel Theis. And with a win Wednesday, they will take on LeBron James and the Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Finals. That Stevens guy deserves some votes for coach of the year, don’t you think?
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Source: GreenStreet Blog