UPDATE 6:15 pm: ESPN’s Michael Eaves reports Amir Johnson will be out for the game and Kelly Olynyk will get his first start of the playoffs.
Brad Stevens said in his pre-game presser that Olynyk will start, while Amir will still be a game-time decision. But Stevens said he did not expect Johnson to play after spraining his AC joint in his right shoulder after getting his arm pulled by Tristan Thompson in Game 3.
Stevens also provided several updates on Isaiah Thomas’ decision whether to get surgery and all but confirmed there is no chance IT could return this playoffs.
Stevens on IT: I think he’s going to collect one or two opinions before going to the next step, whether that’s surgery or a rehab program.— Jared Weiss (@JaredWeissNBA) May 23, 2017
Stevens on IT: The last [exam] he had said the inflammation has to go down before they can make a further ruling on him.— Jared Weiss (@JaredWeissNBA) May 23, 2017
CLEVELAND -- After suffering a right shoulder injury in Game 3, Amir Johnson will be a game-time decision for Game 4 against the Cleveland Cavaliers Tuesday. The Boston Globe’s Gary Washburn reported Amir told him his right shoulder was feeling better and had more mobility.
When exiting shoot around Tuesday, Johnson appeared to be moving gingerly with team massage specialist Vladimir Shulman. Johnson is expected to get treatment ahead of Game 4 and will be a game-time decision.
“Amir’s gonna go through shoot around. We’ll see how he feels,” Stevens said. “And then we’ll make all those decisions after that.”
On the long-term front, the Celtics are dealing with two players planning their summer recoveries. Guerschon Yabusele had surgery to remove bone spurs in his feet this week and will miss summer league.
Meanwhile, Isaiah Thomas has been traveling the country to seek opinions from hip specialists. Stevens has been keeping tabs on star guard as he gets closer to making a decision on whether to have surgery.
“Isaiah saw somebody yesterday. Still in the collecting information phase and we’ll see or we’ll discuss with a second or probably third or fourth or fifth opinion.”
Even though Thomas is out for the playoffs, the Celtics aren’t without an Isaiah. After his incredible seven threes in Game 3, Marcus Smart earned a special nickname from Gerald Green and his teammates during shoot around.
The team is calling Marcus "Isaiah Smart" now.— Jared Weiss (@JaredWeissNBA) May 23, 2017