The Boston Celtics have lost 4 out of their last 6 games, and now they travel to Milwaukee to take on the best team in the league. Naturally, it would be ideal if the Celtics could get as close to full health as possible, but that might not actually be possible, depending on how Jaylen Brown’s thumb feels prior to tip off.
The Boston Celtics say Jaylen Brown is questionable for tonight's game at the Milwaukee Bucks due to a sprained right thumb.— Keith Smith (@KeithSmithNBA) January 16, 2020
Jayson Tatum and Daniel Theis are off the injury report.
Robert Williams remains out.
The good news? Jayson Tatum who had a sore knee with minor tendonitis is back in the lineup after missing last night’s game against the Detroit Pistons. Although Daniel Theis played last night, it’s also good to see that he’s off of the injury report. Now, it’s just Jaylen Brown, who scored 24 points to go with 12 points in the loss against Detroit, who might miss time.
More good news is that Brown is not completely ruled out tonight. He’ll surely test his thumb in warmups and see how it reacts. The Celtics could really use his help to take back momentum this season against the toughest opponent they can find in the Bucks. The Celtics last took on the Bucks in October in a big win. Coincidentally, Brown missed the game with an illness.
If Brown can’t go, look for Marcus Smart, who was ejected last night against the Pistons, to fill in for him in the starting lineup. Romeo Langford played 11 minutes, and he’ll likely be another candidate for more time. The hope is, though, that the Celtics will be as close to full strength as they can be with Robert Williams out as they take on an Eastern Conference juggernaut to reclaim second place in the East.
The Boston Celtics will challenge the Milwaukee Bucks tonight at 8PM EST in Milwaukee on TNT.