Brad Stevens told reporters Sunday that Marcus Smart and Marcus Morris will replace the injured Jaylen Brown and Al Horford in the starting lineup tonight against the Indiana Pacers.
Tonight’s starting lineup against Indiana is: Kyrie, Smart, Tatum, Morris, Baynes.— Boston Celtics (@celtics) March 11, 2018
Stevens also said that while Brown is progressing in his recovery from a concussion he suffered in Minnesota Thursday, he doesn’t expect to see him playing this week.
Jaylen Brown went to Waltham today to meet with Celtics doctors. He still has a headache. Hasn't even started a progression back. Still sore from the fall.— Jay King (@ByJayKing) March 11, 2018
Horford on the other hand was a late scratch from the game with an illness. The Celtics’ star center apparently tried to come to TD Garden and play in his condition, but was ultimately sent home to rest.
Stevens is now forced to break up his second unit that had been clicking since the All Star break by starting Smart and Morris. Even though he isn’t starting, look for Greg Monroe to play a pivotal role in this game with Horford out.
The shorthanded Celtics tip off against Indiana at 7:30 p.m. EST at TD Garden.
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