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Shane Larkin believes he is ‘pretty close’ to returning from shoulder sprain

“The biggest part is just being able to protect the shoulder from another blow like that."

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Shane Larkin in action during Game 4. –AP Photo/Matt Slocum

CLEVELAND — Celtics backup point guard Shane Larkin took part in a lengthy individual workout with assistant coach Jay Larranaga after Sunday’s practice, his first since spraining his left shoulder in Boston’s May 7 loss to the 76ers in the conference semifinals. On Monday, Larkin said he made it through the session with minimal soreness. Although he remains sidelined in this conference final against the Cavaliers with no return date set, he believes he is “pretty close’’ to getting back on the court.

“There was a little pain here and there, but that’s just something I’m going to have to get used to going forward,’’ Larkin said. “But everything is pretty good. My shot is getting more fluid. Just being able to fend off people is the next step, so everything’s progressing in the right way and I’m feeling good.’’

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Larkin suffered the injury when he collided with 76ers center Joel Embiid in that Game 4 loss. With Kyrie Irving already out for the year, Larkin’s absence has limited coach Brad Stevens’s backcourt options.

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