Welcome to another edition of “Good News, Bad News.” The good news is that despite taking “a blow to the nose,” last night in a tough loss against the Indiana Pacers, Gordon Hayward is probable to play tonight as the Boston Celtics take on the Philadelphia 76ers. The bad news? Against one of the biggest front lines in the NBA, the Celtics will be without Robert Williams III and their stretch-6, Marcus Smart.
#NEBHInjuryReport for tonight vs Philadelphia:— Boston Celtics (@celtics) December 12, 2019
Gordon Hayward (facial contusion) - PROBABLE
Marcus Smart (left eye infection) - OUT
Robert Williams (left hip soreness) - OUT
It’s pretty great news that Hayward hasn’t been outright declared as out tonight after taking a palm to the face. It could have been nose damage or even a concussion, but Hayward simply dealt with a headache and a little dizziness. Hopefully, he’ll be cleared to play. Smart remains out with his eye infection, and Williams III still is sidelined with a left hip injury. While tonight would like a prime opportunity for Carsen Edwards and Romeo Langford to step up, both were assigned to the Maine Red Claws ahead of their game tomorrow, so neither are with the team.
On the Philly side, this marks Al Horford’s first game back in Boston after signing with the 76ers last July. Unfortunately for him, he might not be able to suit up, as he has been listed as questionable.
#Sixers PF Al Horford underwent treatment this morning for left knee soreness and left hamstring tightness and is now considered questionable for tonight’s game. Went through shootaround. His status for tonight’s game will be updated as appropriate.— Keith Pompey (@PompeyOnSixers) December 12, 2019
From an objective perspective, it would be easier on Boston’s front court if Horford weren’t able to go. From a subjective perspective, it would stink if Horford couldn’t make it out on the floor. He gave us 3 great years with no drama, so (in my humble opinion) he deserves a nice reception for being the ultimate professional who elevated our team in a big way since he got here. Yes, I know he signed with Philly, but I can’t find it in me to boo him.
Catch the game tonight at 8 PM EST on TNT.