Don’t expect to see Shane Larkin in the Eastern Conference Finals.
The Boston Celtics guard has been sidelined since Wednesday when he since he suffered a shoulder strain in Game 4 of Boston’s second-round series with the Philadelphia 76ers. But despite having nearly a week of rest, Larkin isn’t expected to play in the first two games of Boston’s series with the Cleveland Cavaliers, according to head coach Brad Stevens.
Ahead of Sunday’s series opener at TD Garden, Stevens spoke with The Athletic’s Jay King about Larkin’s timetable.
Now, is Larkin’s availability vital to the Celtics’ chances against the Cavs? Probably not, but his absence — along with Kyrie Irving’s — does throw a wrench in Boston’s rotation, and forces guards Terry Rozier and Marcus Smart to play even more minutes.
Rozier and Smart both are capable of carrying sizable loads, but they’ll have to be extra careful about getting into early foul trouble against LeBron James and Co.
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