Celtics injury report for tonight:— Jared Weiss (@JaredWeissNBA) November 25, 2019
Gordon Hayward - Left Hand Fracture - OUT
Romeo Langford - Right Ankle Sprain - OUT
Daniel Theis - Illness - QUESTIONABLE
Kemba Walker - Neck Sprain - DOUBTFUL
Personally, I’m still just as shocked as I was yesterday when I learned that Kemba Walker wasn’t immediately ruled out from tonight’s game. He was really lucky, and that’s the sentiment that echoed throughout practice’s media availability yesterday. I’m sure most of us would prefer to be on the safe side to keep Walker out tonight, but from his perspective as a competitor who has barely missed any games over the last four seasons, if he feels good, he’s probably raring to go.
Daniel Theis being ill is unfortunate. He’s been incredibly solid – particularly over the last few weeks. Although he’s not always best suited to play big minutes, as the starting center, he’s contributed tremendous value so far this season. If he can’t go, Brad Stevens will most likely elect to start either Robert Williams III (who has had really great stretches at times, including against Denver on Friday night) or Enes Kanter who would provide rebounding and a big body down low.
If Walker can’t go, Stevens has a few options. Wanamaker has been spectacular as the third guard in Boston’s lineups over the past two weeks, and it would be natural to reward him with the starting nod. Stevens has historically liked to keep his bench rotations the same, which might be the case again tonight. This is especially notable since beyond Marcus Smart and Brad Wanamaker, primary playmaker options on the depth chart fall off of a cliff. It’s harder to stagger when you only have two real options. Wanamaker could get the start, but don’t rule out left field options such as Carsen Edwards, Grant Williams or Semi Ojeleye.
Romeo Langford could have seen minutes tonight, but unfortunately, he just can’t catch a break with injuries. Hopefully, he can take advantage of the next opportunity that comes his way. Meanwhile, Gordon Hayward continues to play video games (and shooting) to rehab from his broken hand.
The 11-4 Boston Celtics will take on the 7-8 Sacramento Kings tonight at 7:30 PM EST.