Derrick White out for Celtics-Heat Game 2 (personal reasons)

Derrick White in 2022 NBA Playoffs - Boston Celtics v Miami Heat
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The Celtics will probably get back their starting point guard, Marcus Smart.

But they’re losing his backup, Derrick White, for Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Heat tonight.


John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal:

Starting for Smart, White struggled in Game 1. Another reserve point guard Payton Pritchard took a larger role and might have played ahead of White in Game 2, anyway.

But Pritchard (offense) and White (defense) bring different specialties. At minimum, Boston loses the optionality.