Celtics' Horford, Smart miss Game 1 vs. Heat
Horford is in health and safety protocols, while Smart was sidelined for Tuesday's series opener in Miami with a right mid-foot sprain.
Meanwhile, Heat guard Kyle Lowry missed his third straight contest with a hamstring injury.
Horford was expected to be the primary defender on Bam Adebayo. The veteran center is averaging 13 points, 9.4 boards, 3.4 assists, and 1.4 blocks over 11 postseason appearances. He went off for a playoff career-high 30 points in the Celtics' Game 4 win over the Milwaukee Bucks.
Horford will probably stay in the league's health and safety protocols through Game 2, sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.
Robert Williams, who missed the last 10 days due to left knee soreness, stepped up in Horford's place, posting 18 points, nine boards, and two blocks in 28 minutes of action.
Smart sustained the foot injury during Sunday's series-clinching victory against Milwaukee, and an MRI reportedly returned clean. The reigning Defensive Player of the Year is averaging 15 points, 6.2 assists, and 1.1 steals across 10 playoff games.
- This postseason proved that defense still rules the NBA
- Hornets hire Clifford for 2nd stint as head coach
- The 5 most interesting storylines from the NBA's 2022 draft
- Undrafted Free-Agent Tracker: Follow signings after 2022 NBA Draft
- Report: Duren, Kemba heading to Pistons in 3-way deal with Knicks, Hornets