Marcus Morris has officially been listed as probable for Monday’s matchup with the Brooklyn Nets, the team announced on Sunday afternoon. Kyrie Irving was not included on the injury report, while Robert Williams was listed as questionable. Aron Baynes is still listed as out.
#NEBHInjuryReport for tomorrow vs. Brooklyn:— Boston Celtics (@celtics) January 6, 2019
Aron Baynes (left fourth metacarpal fracture) - OUT
Marcus Morris Sr (neck strain) - PROBABLE
Rob Williams (left groin strain) - QUESTIONABLE
Marcus Morris and Kyrie Irving returned to practice today with the latter winning a post-practice shooting contest. All indications are that Irving will play against the Nets tomorrow night after missing the last two games of the homestand to a scratch cornea he suffered in San Antonio on New Year’s Eve. Morris is likely as well, depending on how his stiff neck feels on Monday. Morris left Wednesday’s game against the Timberwolves after 23 minutes of play, scoring 12 points.
In their brief absences, the Hospital Celtics are 2-0 with wins vs. Minnesota and Dallas. Terry Rozier has been solid as a starter and Jaylen Brown and Gordon Hayward have both turned in efficient games filling in for two of Boston’s top scorers. Irving talked about Hayward’s steady improvement and how his role as a playmaker will help the team going forward and “for not just this year, but a few years down the line.” It’s a developing process as the team looks to look toward the post-season:
Kyrie: “As long as we’re able to weather some storms, able to battle some great teams in this league and showcase why we are one of the top teams ... we’re just building how to be a championship ball club. It’s a culture thing that you’ve gotta build every single day.”— Boston Celtics (@celtics) January 6, 2019
On the center front, both Aron Baynes and Robert Williams III seem to be on the back end of their recoveries. Baynes will be re-evaluated by a doctor next week and Williams went through a full practice today after missing the last five games with a strained groin. RWIII doesn’t know when he’ll return.
Robert Williams on the biggest surprise in adjusting to the pro game:— Chris Grenham (@chrisgrenham) January 6, 2019
“I literally don’t know the days of the week ... like I couldn’t tell you what today is.” pic.twitter.com/ek9qqMjIVH
And for what it’s worth, here’s Marcus Smart draining eleven straight threes. Happy Sunday, everyone:
Watch Marcus Smart hit 11 threes in a row and then scream when he finally misses pic.twitter.com/vHFOsbIK0r— Chris Grenham (@chrisgrenham) January 6, 2019