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Already without Kyrie Irving, Gordon Hayward and Daniel Theis, the Boston Celtics will be without yet another player when the Eastern Conference Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers tips off Sunday after at TD Garden.
Celtics guard Shane Larkin will miss at least Games 1 and 2 of the series against the three-time defending conference champion Cavaliers because of a sprained left shoulder, according to Boston coach Brad Stevens.
Larkin suffered the injury during Game 5 of the second-round series against the Philadelphia 76ers. Though Larkin had hoped to return at some point during the ECF against Cleveland, which could run through May 27.
“I’m not ruling anything out,” Larkin said. “It’s still fresh, it’s still sore. I can’t really do much. It’s frustrating but you have to stay positive. It’s just an unfortunate thing.”
Stevens, however, considers that possibility to be doubtful.
In his first season with the Celtics, the 25-year-old Larkin averaged 4.3 points in 14.4 minutes in 54 games this season after signing a contract for the NBA minimum last summer. He will be a free agent after this season concludes.