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Smart, who missed Game 4, suffered a sprained right ankle, while Williams suffered left knee pain.

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Jayson Tatum made All-NBA First Team but thinks selection process needs refinement – ​​7:30 p.m.

By Adam Himmelsbach

Celtics forward Jayson Tatum called Wednesday a “huge honour” to be selected to the All-NBA First Team, but he believes the guidelines for the selection process need to be refined, especially with so many in-game money for some players.

Tatum shoots Jimmy Butler.Charles Krupa/Associated Press

Last season, Tatum was not chosen for one of the three teams, which cost him an estimated $32 million during the five-year, $163 contract extension he signed with the Celtics. .

“I mean, there should just be rules in place,” Tatum said. “I don’t know exactly, but maybe you should play a certain number of games or maybe you are a playoff team or not. I think he should probably be positionless.

“Joel Embiid was second in MVP voting and made the second team. That doesn’t really make too much sense, does it? I think it should just be, like, top 15 players. Obviously, with some guys in a contract year super-max deals involved it’s tough I’m sure it’s tough on the voters too so I think there’s a lot that could be changed in this domain.

Read the rest of Himmelsbach’s story here.

What Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said about the Uvalde shooting – 7:15 p.m.

“Obviously it was just tragic news yesterday. I left filming the other day, and it was before game 1, I went straight to school to pick up my boys. My wife was a college teacher. We are just devastated by the news.

“I can’t even imagine how this community and the families feel in this kind of scenario, going to school and seeing all the police cars and everything.

“I think there’s definitely – after ongoing events, there’s a call to action. I think everyone is trying to find a way to be heard, to force some sort of change on people who can make a difference. I really feel for all the families.

A reporter asked Spoelstra about his similar post after the Parkland shooting in February 2018, asking how hard it is to compartmentalize.

“It’s tough. It’s very tough. My wife and I had kind of a tough afternoon thinking about it last night for those same reasons, and it’s like yesterday we were going there and passing time in this community, and just the shock that it was happening, so real in our neighborhood really, in our community. But it keeps happening. I know everyone says there has to be a call for help. action, and I think what that forces people to do is just understand, including myself. We don’t have the answers, but we want to be heard so we can force change on people who can actually make the change.

How does Marcus Smart feel?

“Pretty well. He’s tested it, and it’s getting better as the day goes on. I’ve done a bit of shootaround and just a bit of pregame now. He’s got enough movement where he’s not. not restricted in certain areas like he was a few days ago, and so it’s going to be a little swollen and a little sore, but he’s a guy who can play through some things, and we left him at him like how confident he is with his feelings on the pitch, and he’s ready to go.

“It’s not like we have to watch anything, but we’ll see him early, see how he feels, give us feedback and go from there.

What does Udoka think Rob Williams brings?

“Consistency in both ends, a threat at the rim.” … “Brings us a different dimension defensively.”

Udoka said that despite playing fewer minutes in two of the four games in this series, Williams “has been very effective”.

Udoka said Williams will have no restrictions.

“I don’t have all the answers, but something has to change” — 7:00 p.m.

By Gary Washburn

As they prepared for their decisive fifth game against the Heat on Wednesday, Celtics coach Ime Udoka and forward Jayson Tatum couldn’t help but offer their thoughts on the tragic shooting in Uvalde, Texas. , tuesday.

An 18-year-old gunman shot and killed 19 elementary students and two teachers in the rampage.

Udoka played and coached for several years with the Spurs in San Antonio, less than two hours from Uvalde, and he knows the community well.

“It’s tough, and being in San Antonio all these years, Uvalde is very close,” Udoka said. “You see the [highway] signs all the time, it’s a 60-75 minute drive. This is a tragic situation for this community, for our country in general.

Read the rest of Udoka and Tatum’s comments here.

Tyler Herro out for Heat – 6:48 p.m.

Tyler Herro will miss his second straight game for the Heat.

Herro missed Game 4 with a groin sprain.

Smart, Williams available tonight — 6:47 p.m.

The Celtics announced Wednesday night that Marcus Smart and Robert Williams are available for Game 5.

The duo was originally listed as questionable on Tuesday, but were upgraded about two hours before the whistleblower.

Smart, who missed Game 4, suffered a sprained right ankle, while Williams suffered left knee pain.

Why have the first four games of this Celtics-Heat series been so uncompetitive? — 6:20 p.m.

By Chad Finn

Mike Breen hasn’t seen it all in his 30 years of broadcasting NBA games, but he’s seen enough not to faze him too much.

But when the Celtics took a 57-33 halftime lead in Game 4 of their Eastern Conference Finals series with the Heat on Monday — the fourth straight game in which a team has taken at least 20 point lead – Breen was as baffled as the rest of us.

“There will probably be a lot of people happy to hear me say this, but I’m at a loss for words,” Breen told analysts Mark Jackson and Jeff Van Gundy before the start of the third. . quarter of the Game 4 broadcast by ESPN. “What happens in this series?”

Finn dives into this in his latest column.

Marcus Smart arrives, but with a slight limp — 6:00 p.m.

Smart had a wrap around his right leg, but the lameness isn’t as noticeable.

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