BOSTON — On Thursday afternoon after follow, Boston Celtics trainer Ime Udoka took a query about how his group performed with out Marcus Good, the NBA’s Defensive Participant of the 12 months, of their Recreation 2 win over the Milwaukee Dollars.
Udoka regarded up and spotted Good’s green-tipped hair status at the back of a row of cameras and made up our minds it was once time to have slightly little bit of amusing.
“We don’t really even need Marcus, honestly,” Udoka deadpanned sooner than glancing to the again of the room as he nodded at Good, who was once having a excellent snigger.
It was once simple for each males to be in a completely happy temper for 2 causes: The Celtics defeated the Dollars in Recreation 2 on Tuesday to even the Japanese Convention semifinal sequence, and there is a excellent likelihood Good might be again for Recreation 3 in Milwaukee on Saturday.
Good mentioned there is a “strong likelihood” he will be to be had for the competition after lacking Recreation 2 as a result of a proper quad contusion. He sat out the sport, a commanding 109-86 victory for the Celtics, once you have hit more than one instances within the muscle in Recreation 1.
Good mentioned he was once hit nearer to the knee and that the fluid build up from the harm was once limiting motion there. Getting that motion again will be the closing hurdle to transparent sooner than permitting him to get again at the courtroom.
“Once that goes away, I should be back to feeling to myself,” Good mentioned. “Everything else is healing up the right way.”
Udoka mentioned Good were given some on-court paintings in right through Thursday’s follow.
“We’ll know more tomorrow based on how it feels today,” Udoka mentioned. “But obviously looks better today than he did. Just moving around, walking around the last few days when he couldn’t go. We’ll know more tomorrow.”
Good mentioned he could not sleep previous to Recreation 2 or get his commonplace pregame nap in as a result of he was once so antsy about lacking the sport.
“Just wishing I was out there with my guys,” Good mentioned. “It’s really tough. My guys know, anybody who knows me understands that if I’m gonna miss a game, especially a playoff game, something’s really gotta be really wrong.”
This is not the primary time Good has handled the harm this season. He overlooked six video games in January with a proper quad contusion and mentioned this time that it is not only a identical harm — it is the similar factor.
“Literally the exact same one in the exact same spot. Just reaggravated the same injury that I’ve been dealing with,” Good mentioned. “As we all know, injuries like that, they kind of linger.”
All over Recreation 2, Good interacted with teammates and was once declaring issues he noticed in actual time, seeking to lend a hand as highest he may just.
Teammate Robert Williams III mentioned they’re having a look ahead to getting again to complete power with Good.
“Obviously, it’s encouraging to see him taking any steps forward,” Williams mentioned. “I told him, ‘Make sure you’re good. We want you out there, but make sure you’re straight.'”
When Good does make his go back to the sequence, he desires to be the participant who was once named the league’s best defender this season and not anything in need of that.
“I mean, for me if I’m out there, I should be able to do the things that I was doing, or I shouldn’t be out there,” Good mentioned.
“So when I come back, I’m coming back to be me, that’s all I can really say about that. Because if I’m not out there, it’s because I didn’t feel like I was 100 percent to be out there and do the things I think I’m supposed to be doing.”