NBA injuries: Smart, Williams, Herro questionable for Game 7

The playoff injury bug impacted some of the NBANBA’s biggest stars, but there’s still time for teams to regroup and regain their full strength ahead of the NBA Finals, which kicks off Thursday.

Here’s where all the injuries lie for the teams still in the chase on Saturday.

MIAMI HEAT

Tyler HerroDaily (groin)

Herro hasn’t played since Game 3 of the Eastern Finals due to ongoing left groin strain and is questionable for Monday’s Game 7 playoff.

“He’s definitely made progress, but he’s not quite ready,” head coach Erik Spoelstra said Friday.

Gabe VincentDaily (hamstrings)

Vincent was questionable for Friday’s Game 6 but was able to adapt despite a lingering hamstring injury.

He only saw 17 minutes in Game 6, however, and didn’t make an impact – posting just two points, two assists and a steal. He is questionable for Game 7.

BOSTON CELTICS

Robert WilliamsDaily (knee)

Williams continues to struggle with knee pain but has only missed Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals so far. Since then, he has averaged 10 points, 6.7 rebounds and 2.3 blocks in 24 minutes.

He is questionable for Game 7.

Boston’s star defensive center has been struggling with knee issues for the past few months. He underwent surgery in March to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee and did not return until Game 3 of the Celtics’ first-round playoff series against Brooklyn. His comeback only lasted five games, as he suffered a bone bruise on the same knee in Game 3 of Boston’s second-round series against Milwaukee. Williams missed the last four games against the Bucks before being allowed to prepare for the first two games of this series in Miami.

Smart MarcusDaily (ankle)

Heat guard Smart missed Game 4 after spraining his right ankle in Game 3. He returned to action in Game 5 in a limited fashion before playing 40 minutes in Game 6, where he had 14 points and four rebounds.

He is questionable for Game 7.

Sam Hauseroutside (shoulder)

Celtics forward Hauser had missed the last three games of this series with a shoulder problem and remains out.

GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS

Gary Payton IIOut (elbow)

Warriors guard Payton left Game 2 of the Western Conference Semifinals early after Dillon Brooks’ Flagrant 2 foul on him left him with an elbow injury that caused him to miss the final games.

He remains out at the moment but is expected to return for the NBA Finals and could be ready in Game 1.

Otto Porter Jr.Daily (foot)

Warriors forward Porter left Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals against the Dallas Mavericks early with a left foot injury and did not return. The X-rays came back negative, according to trainer Steve Kerr. He’s missed the last two games of the series, including Golden State’s final win over Dallas in Game 5 on Thursday.

His status for Game 1 of the NBA Finals is unclear.

Andre IguodalaOut (neck)

Warriors striker Iguodala has missed several games with a disc injury in his neck and remains out.

“Iguodala…continues to show progress during his recovery process. His daily rehabilitation consists of both physical therapy/training in the weight room and light individual activities on the court. Next update on his status will be provided when he is cleared to re-join the team’s training activities,” the team previously wrote.

Check back for more updates.


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