Celtics guard Shane Larkin out for Game 5 vs 76ers

NBA.com Global on May 10, 2018 07:49 AM
Celtics guard Shane Larkin out for Game 5 vs 76ers
Shane Larkin NBA file photo

NBA.com staff report

The Boston Celtics are up 3-1 in their Eastern Conference semifinals series against the Philadelphia 76ers. If they intend to close out the series tonight and reach a second straight East finals, they'll have to do so without one of their bench players.

Guard Shane Larkin was downgraded by the team this morning and is out for Game 5 with a left shoulder sprain. According to Celtics coach Brad Stevens, Larkin is "very, very sore" and will be "out tonight and the foreseeable future."

Larkin suffered his shoulder injury in the first quarter of Game 4 as he came off a Joel Embiid screen while guarding the Sixers' J.J. Redick. Larkin left the game and did not return as the Celtics lost 103-92. In 11 games this postseason, Larkin is averaging 3.7 points, one rebound and 1.8 assists per game in 14 minutes per game.

Although he has not shot the ball well in the East semis (33.3 percent), his minutes have been valuable at times in the playoffs for injury-plagued Boston.

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