Miami Heat guard Gabe Vincent missed Thursday's Game 5 against the Boston Celtics due to an ankle injury. Without one of their starters, the Heat lost Game 5 by a final score of 110-97 behind a 24-point performance from Derrick White. So when Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, and the Boston Celtics re-visit the Kaseya Center on Saturday night to play the Heat, every Heat fan will surely be dying to know: Is Gabe Vincent playing on Saturday night in Game 6 vs. the Celtics?
Gabe Vincent injury status vs. Celtics
The Heat initially had Vincent listed as questionable for Saturday's showdown with a left ankle sprain, per the NBA's official injury report. In other injury news relevant to the Heat, Tyler Herro (right hand surgery) and Victor Oladipo (left knee surgery) will remain out for Miami.
However, news came out early on Saturday suggesting that Vincent is expected to be available for the Heat in their crucial Game 6 contest. Miami hasn't officially declared Vincent as available for this game, but it certainly seems to be trending that way.
Gabe Vincent (ankle) is expected to be available for tonight's Celtics vs. Heat Game 6, per @brohrbach.
Vincent missed Game 5 with an ankle injury and is currently listed as questionable on the injury report. pic.twitter.com/jh1poBdKOW
— ClutchPoints (@ClutchPointsApp) May 27, 2023
True enough, Vincent has now been upgraded to available just moments prior to tipoff:
Malcolm Brogdon is OUT for Game 6, per the Celtics.
— Keith Smith (@KeithSmithNBA) May 27, 2023
Vincent, 26, is in his fourth year in the NBA, all as a member of the storied Heat franchise. He averaged 9.4 points, 2.1 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 0.9 steals, 0.1 blocks, 1.4 turnovers, and 2.3 personal fouls per game across 68 appearances this season (34 starts). Vincent has taken his game to another level against the Celtics in their current series, though (17.5 PPG, 2.3 APG, 2 RPG, 57.9 FG%, 50 3P%) which is why his return will be such a big deal for the Heat
The Heat should have a good chance to stop the Celtics comeback in Game 6, especially with Vincent now in the lineup. Miami has lost just one game on their own home court all postseason long. So with regard to the question of Is Gabe Vincent playing on Saturday night in Game 6 vs. the Celtics, the answer is yes.