Surprisingly, Boston is hoping to be relatively healthy tonight as the rival Los Angeles Lakers visit town for an MLK Day showdown. Jaylen Brown (sprained right thumb) and Kemba Walker (knee soreness) are both expected to suit up tonight for the national TV showdown.
Jaylen Brown says he’s available to play tonight vs the Lakers.— Keith Smith (@KeithSmithNBA) January 20, 2020
Kemba Walker says he hopes to play tonight.
Brown missed both of the last two games with his injury, and Kemba Walker sat out Boston’s loss to Phoenix. Boston went 1-3 last week, with losses to two teams beneath the .500 mark. The team has struggled to gel at full health since Gordon Hayward’s return from a broken hand, but as of late, they’ve just struggled in general. It doesn’t help that the second-best team in the league record-wise is strolling into town tonight, but on the other hand, a win tonight would be a big boost for the team’s momentum.
Although Marcus Smart has had an otherworldly stretch over the last two games, relying on him to set 3-point records every night is not a sustainable offensive strategy. Relying on a few key defenders while everyone else “brain farts” is not a sustainable defensive strategy. The Celtics need to get back to doing what worked earlier in the season, and if they can manage that tonight, they’ll be able to take back some momentum to regain position in the Eastern Conference standings.
With only Robert Williams III missing tonight because of his ongoing bone edema injury, the Celtics can’t use health as an excuse tonight. Now, they have to just go out and execute, and they’ll need to with Anthony Davis returning after missing 5 games in a row.
The Boston Celtics will take on the Los Angeles tonight at 7:30 PM EST on TNT.