SAN FRANCISCO —Both have managed injuries. And for the majority of the past few weeks.
Both players, however, said that they were available to play for the NBA Finals against the opponent.Here at Chase Center Thursday night.
Williams stated that the knee pain that has plagued him since the conference semifinals was “manageable.” “Kind of been getting into a routine for the past couple games. What I have to do to get myself ready to start playing.”
Williams is suffering from a bone injury in his left knee, the same knee where he had meniscus surgery in March. The soreness has forced Williams to miss the three remaining games against the Reds.in the conference semifinals, and Game 3 against Finals of the Eastern Conference
Williams admitted that he's been able to play less during the Heat series and it has helped him prepare for the series against the Warriors.
“Yeah, I feel like it helps obviously because with my injury, you know? Not being able to take time off, which was such an important part the season, the minute reduction definitely helped.”
Smart has been dealing with a number of injuries to his right leg, including his quad, ankle, and foot.
Smart was hampered throughout the conference finals by a sore ankle. After scoring 24 points in Game 7 in Miami and playing 41 minutes, Ime Udoka, the Celtics coach, said that Smart would be fine to play in this series. Smart said that if he is playing, there are no excuses.
Smart said that “the ankle was a very serious injury.” “It was quite a serious injury, but I am grateful to still be able play. It was painful, but my mom taught me that you cannot make excuses if your goal is to play on the court. Sit down if you are hurt. I won't let the pain affect me if I go out there.